Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“It’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

This was a story about a lot of things – a rabbit, the economy, two police officers, a father and son, a bank robber, Stockholm, a bridge, a banker. The list goes on, and I feel like I know each of them like a friend. Fredrik Backman’s ability to create stories around characters that all have personalities that are relatable is one of his best writing qualities.

The storyline can’t really be spoken about without giving away spoilers, but suffice it to say it was one of the best whodunnit books I’ve read for a long time.

My favourite character was Zara, her character development – in so much that it was, just got me with every line. Each phrase that she spoke was so thought-out by the author, and for her tone to be so consistent the whole book shows Backman’s writing is always intentional.

I felt this story was well-paced, it’s point of view changes were all at the right times, and the dialogue in the interviews was hilariously good. It was visual yet not overly descriptive – I believe there is a series, but I honestly feel like I’ve watched it already due to the excellent writing.

Highly recommend!

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