Murder. Theft. Sociopaths. And Margate. Just another day in banking then…
It’s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman’s life is unravelling fast. He’s fired after £20 million goes missing from the bank. His long-time girlfriend has cheats on him, then dumps him. His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex-KGB and a really irritating bloke he’s just met on the train. His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde. And to cap it all, he lives in Margate…
Just when Josh thinks things can’t get any worse his sociopathic boss — Hershey Valentine — winds up dead and he finds himself the number one suspect. As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sources…
Part fiction, part lies (well, it is about banking) and excruciatingly funny, The Fix pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes.
The Fix is pretty different from the usual books I would normally go for.
The book has pretty short chapters so overall it has quite a fast paced feel to it.
I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, I hadn’t got far into it when I came across this which I loved.
“Life. It’s like a snow globe. From the outside it can look pretty, idyllic, calm. But in reality it’s a sham. Look closely inside and you’ll see everything is fake, plastic, very small and very, very meaningless. And then every now and again some bastard comes along and shakes the whole lot up.”
The author just tells the story as it is, there’s no airs and graces about it at all, it actually felt quite raw and not polished to me if that makes sense. The storyline was really believable and even though I can’t say any of the characters were over appealing they were very life like.
There are a few humorous bits in the story and it certainly made for an entertaining read. I don’t know if The Fix would appeal to everyone, it does feel a bit more of a blokes book than a woman’s, I’m not sure if that’s because of the lack of female presence in the story. There is only really one strong female character but overall I really enjoyed it and will certainly be reading more by the author.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.