Reviewing All The Good Things by Clare Fisher

Yesterday’s blog tour obviously wasn’t enough because here is another blog tour alert! It also has to be one of the biggest blog tours I have ever been involved with. 52 bloggers are taking part. 52. How crazy is that? Today’s blog tour features All The Good Things by Clare Fisher.

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve ever to feel good again.

But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.

What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone – even a 100% bad person – deserve a chance to be good?

There are some books I wouldn’t pick up and being completely honest this book would be one of them. I have talked about my prejudices before and this would fall right in the category of Things I Judge In A Second And Dismiss. I could guess what the book would be about and didn’t really want to read it. But then I was sent a copy for the publisher and asked if I wanted to be part of the blog tour.

I love being part of blog tours and always challenge myself to read something which is out of my comfort zone. So I picked All The Good Things up and started to read. Surprisingly the fact I didn’t like Beth made me slowly start to fall for the book. As a character she is jarring and raw and I think it must have been about half way through when I surprised myself by rooting for her.

This book is structured as letters Beth writes. This means that Beth is completely in control of the narrative and the speed with which we discover exactly what the bad thing she’s done is. It was so clever on Clare Fisher’s part and so, so intoxicating. I was ploughing through the book trying to unravel more of Beth’s life!

The question Clare asks in the blurb – does anyone, even a 100% bad person, deserve a chance to be good? – stayed with me long after I finished All The Good Things and that’s definitely something I didn’t expect. In the books I usually read there isn’t much moral greyness. It’s a harrowing book – and at times even bleak – and as a warning there may be some triggers for readers. However, Clare very skillfully and sensitively handles the topics she brings up and discusses in the novel.

One day I will have no prejudices when it comes to books but until then I am very happy blog tours like this exist because it brought this wonderful book to my attention and I am so, so glad.

As I said I am part of the blog tour and have a look at all these other fabulous people taking part:

All The Good Things by Clare Fisher is available now from all reatilers, including amazing here. I was sent a free copy for review as part of the blog tour and it hasn’t swayed my option at all.

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