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Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

“They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”

Name: Anxious People

Author: Fredik Backman

Type: Standalone

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Humor

Anxious People is a story I wasn't expecting to read it was nothing like I expected in both good and bad ways. The premise states how it is a story about a robbery in where these hostages are all trying to live their lives carrying their grief and their mistakes with them. The story in reality is more than just a robbery and less of a thriller than I expected. At times I feel it reads a bit slow and not as fast paced as I wished. However, there is a reason for the story to be told in such a calming manner because as I said before it is more a character driven story than one based on the thrill of the plot.

A robber decides to rob a cashless bank and is followed by the police only to be stuck on the day before New Years Eve in an apartment viewing, that ends up turning into a hostage situation. The story slowly starts unraveling as the police are trying to find out who this robber is and to capture him. However what is not expected is that all the hostages start lying in order to cover up and save this bank robber.

The story is very slow and at times not much is happening. It is narrated beautiful and for me it was kept the story entertaining and worthwhile. The tone of the story is calm and the narrator is basically telling you a story of how these people's lives became all entangled with one another. I wish I wouldn't known that it was a character driven story as I wouldn't have been disappointed that there wasn't much plot or excitement, hence why I am letting you all know that this is really no thriller. However, that doesn't stop the story from being beautiful and inspiring.

One of the things I saw or felt through the story is that it reads a little bit as a self help book. As the characters go through their thoughts and emotions and slowly start uncovering their hidden truths, I feel as though the reader goes through the same catharsis. All in all the story is great and the narrator was my favorite aspect of it, as it was what drove the story from beginning to end.

-- 3.5 stars --