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Life has its ups and downs. From the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods comes a dark, painful, and witty novel about a woman whose life is spiralling out of control.
You're going to find some of my actions frustrating. I'm hard to live with, maddening, uneven - I get that. But I can't stand around listing my faults, or we'll be here for ever. All I ask right now is that you indulge me. For as long as it lasts, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
©2015 Gavin Extence (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Drew on 26-04-2015

Avoid reading too much background

Try this if you liked The Universe verus Alex Wood

I didn't read any background information about this novel before I read/listened to it - I was drawn to it because I thoroughly enjoyed 'Alex Wood'. I'm sure I benefited from picking-up clues and gradually realising the direction of travel, rather than knowing where the novel was heading.

'Melody Black' confirms Extence's as a very fine writer. There's a dramatic opening chapter, then a slow build-up to a frenetic peak, which is followed by the fall-out. Like Alex Wood, it changes tone (in a good way!).

It's quirky and moving and a very good novel.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-08-2016

Meaningful story of life with mental health struggles

'They" said Donna Tartt couldn't write a book in the 1st person about a boy/young man, & they were wrong. I wonder if "they' said Gavin couldn't do the same writing about a young women? Not only did he succeed so well to portray the mind of a woman, but also to portray a mind suffering bouts of insanity. i would have liked the story of the Mirror World to be a bit more pithy, or take a bigger stage (not centre stage) though. It just seemed that somehow the story lacked a bit. I would have liked there to have been say a science fiction type turn into the mirror world - something anyway to deliver a crescendo. In the end I was feeling "oh, is that it?'

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