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Deirdre Cossette is the self appointed carer for the elderly on The Avenue and all of her friends have stories to tell. Margery, whose comfortable life was destroyed by a knock on the door. Stan, who made a mistake as a young footballer which cost him his friends and his self-respect. Marina, whose slim and stylish figure hides a terrible secret from the summer of Live Aid. And, Oliver and Archie, who have survived everything from post war homophobia to a family tragedy – and they have done it together. Deirdre believes that everyone should have a choice. If they want to live on a diet of cakes, drink the alcoholic equivalent of a small hydrotherapy pool, or take on a toy boy lover in spite of a dodgy heart, Deirdre believes it is their right to do so. If they remember her in their wills afterwards, that’s not her fault, is it? However, not everyone agrees with her. When disgruntled relatives from the present meet up with disgruntled ghosts from her past, Deirdre discovers the cost of being kind.
One of the reasons I love doing blog tours is because every so often a novel comes along that I would never really took a close look at in a bookshop or online. So many little hidden gems have crossed my path in this way and Killing Them With Kindness is certainly one of them.
This is a charming and very quirky novel with a whole host of characters. The story telling is humorous and lightly done, however some really prominent issues are tackled throughout such as obesity, alcoholism, revenge and in general – depression.
The chapters alternate between various inhabitants of The Avenue and the reader gets a view of the present and the past for each main character. Deirdre has sort of become a friend and help to those who cannot get out and about or who may find themselves lonely. What the residents love most about her is that she allows them to indulge in their vices whilst supporting them – even if they may lead to death!
Each character has a current and back narrative that sends a strong message about judgement and not truly understanding people and their motives. I found each separate story deeply moving, despite the lighthearted feel to the whole novel, and my heart went out to each of them.
When they begin to die and Deirdre gains from each death – the families enter into a dispute. The big question is……..was it purposeful or just a coincidence?
A really quirky novel with a clever plot, thought provoking characters and lots of sniggers to be had.
Author Bio – Andy Paulcroft
Andy Paulcroft grew up in Weston-super-Mare, and his love of books started when he borrowed his sister’s copy of Five Run Away Together and exaggerated a minor illness in order to finish reading it. He has since worked as a chef in France, Switzerland, Corsica and the North Highlands of Scotland before settling as a catering manager at a boarding school in Dorset. After many years of writing two to three chapters of a book before discarding it, he finally published his first novel Postcards From Another Life – in December 2017. The wonderful feeling of completing a novel was only surpassed by receiving a positive reaction from people who had read it. He retired from catering and recently published his second novel Killing Them With Kindness. He is now working on his third book.
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