On behalf of Zoe at https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours and Martin Geraghty, I am excited and honoured today to be reviewing George Bunce and the Black Wave of Fear. Thank you to Spellbound and Martin Geraghty for a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Meet George, a resident at the Four Seasons care home in a Scottish seaside town.
Meet Carrie, an occupational therapist at the Four Seasons care home.
Join them as they form an unlikely friendship.
Immerse yourself in their story as they discover second chances in life.
Cheer for them as they find laughter in the face of adversity.
Support them as they both finally learn to bury the ghosts of their pasts and learn to live again.
Most importantly, allow George and Carrie to take you on a journey where you might just end up looking at the world differently.
George Bunce and The Black Wave of Fear is an extraordinary and poignant tale full of hope and humour.
One of the things I love about doing blog tours is that you come across novels that you may not have thought about reading otherwise. George Bunce and the Black Wave of Fear is one of those books for me and I am so glad that I signed up for this one. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but it really took me by surprise and was such a lovely read.
George likes routine, his hobbies and his daily freedoms to follow these. After a mishap, and the increasing loss of some memories he begrudgingly becomes a resident at The Four Seasons care home where all the residents seem to have issues that George does not himself identify with. Flash backs show that being grumpy and rude isn’t a new thing but we learn more about George through these and it’s such a clever way to develop a character. He really grew on me as I learned more about him through these flashbacks. He does have a certain sense of humour – often in his thoughts or through his side comments to people but I found myself chuckling out loud many times.
Martin Geraghty cleverly explores the frustration of change, losing memories and fear through George and it becomes really thought provoking and reflective.
I really loved the character of Carrie and how she developed a friendship with George. The world needs more Carries. She didn’t rise to his ‘rudeness’ or his argumentativeness – she took the time and patience to work with him and get to know him.
This book is a really sweet look at friendships and how we can develop them at any point in our lives. It’s also a thought provoking insight into how our lives can change as we grow older and how someone we know may feel about that.
It’s heart-warming and sweet and lovely book. I highly recommend it.
Author Bio – Martin Geraghty
Martin is a 49-year-old Private Investigator from Glasgow, more Clouseau than Columbo.
His debut novel, A Mind Polluted, was published by Crooked Cat Books in 2018. He has had short stories published by The Common Breath, Ellipsis Zine, Speculative Books and others.
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