Mark Hopton is twenty-four, single, and obsessed with Manchester music. It’s his escape into a better world.
Oh man, he needs that escape. His psycho brother’s on his case and in his face, his dad’s in prison, and the local gangsters are twisting his melons to make him smuggle drugs. Heaven knows he’s miserable now.
His one true shining ray of hope is Samantha Rees, a gorgeous and chaotic Welsh woman who rocks his world. She is the only good thing about his dead-end job. However, Samantha is popular, living the 24 hour party people lifestyle, so Mark assumes she’d never be interested in a shy outsider like him.
But after a chance encounter leads to Mark and Samantha spending the day together in the city centre – such a perfect day – perhaps hope isn’t fool’s gold after all?
This is an author who really knows how to take his readers back in time with the mentions of different bands and songs. Whilst I was more of a Brit pop girl myself, I still liked a lot of the songs and some were a definite blast from the past.
Mark and Sam, I loved their characters. The story flicks between both of them and their lives and problems. They both work in the same company but have never really noticed each other before but that all changes. Whilst there is a sense of romance within the story, this has so much more going for it. It’s about two individuals making sense of their lives and how they end up acting on it. So many of us get stuck in a rut and whilst we crave change, never do anything about it. In a way, both Mark and Sam inspired me.
I had so much empathy for Mark. He is a bit of a dreamer when it comes to music and it seems to be his whole live. Then again he doesn’t really have much else going on. A father in prison and psycho for a brother. Mark is the only decent one out of a bad lot. I did fear for him at times as his family push him to try and get him over to the criminal side but to say how weak a personality Mark is, I loved the little glimpses of courage we get to see.
2000 Tunes was a bit of a time hop read. The vibe of Manchester comes to life through the authors story telling. I was pleasantly surprised at how compelling these characters lives were and I enjoyed settling down on an evening and reading more. The ending is one I had hoped for and would love for the author to do a follow up story as by the end I was so invested in Mark and Sam’s life. A compelling and enjoyable read.
My thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.
He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.