The novel ‘What Lies Around Us’ by Andrew Croft is one you won’t be able to put down. It tells the story of Andrew: a successful ghostwriter. He accepts a job for an actress and what he gets to know and experience is something he won’t easily forget.
I really liked this book. As I said it’s one you really want to finish once you’ve started. The book is an easy read and excellent for this summer. I don’t feel like I made a big connection to the characters, but the story was told really well which made you want to read on.
What makes this book unable to put down is the tension in it. I caught myself constantly guessing on what was going to happen next or not trusting certain characters. I think it was one of the best things about the book. This goes on throughout the whole novel. The tone is set for the first time in the very first sentence.
“It is possible that since this book’s publication you will have heard that I have died in ‘suspicious circumstances’. Obviously I hope that will not be the case, but I believe it is worth taking the risk in order to get this story out there.“What Lies Around Us; Andrew Crofts
Only after reading the book, I took a look at the author’s website. He has written a lot of books, as an author but also as a ghostwriter. It only hit me at that point how much of the book he must have written out of experience. If I’d known this beforehand, then I think I might have put more thought into how real the book is. While reading, the story was very interesting to me, but it didn’t feel like reality. Knowing the author’s background makes the story come more alive for me.
Another thing that didn’t make this book feel like reality to me was the absurdity of it. The book covers some subjects that are very relevant today. It makes you wonder about what to believe of what’s on tv and about celebrities. To illustrate, the term ‘Fake News’ appears in the book. Crofts did a great job describing what might happen in real life too.
Croft describes how famous people actually use social media for their own benefit. They can of course do good things, but you can question the positivity of the influence they really have on people.
Another relevant subject in this book is politics. How can people’s opinions on certain subjects differ? Where can opinions come from? And how can for example celebrities influence other people’s views by sharing their own? I think this is all very interesting to think about these days. This book has made me wonder: What if a celebrity supported the worst president the world has ever seen? Would his or her fans follow?
In short, I’d definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for a thoughtful and entertaining book. It’s not the greatest book I ever read. Still, it made me think about how absurd this world can be. I’d also recommend keeping the author’s background in mind, it makes the book more real and maybe more absurd.
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Author’s website: http://andrewcrofts.com/