Book, Review

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night ~ Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of short stories all set in the same bizarre, enchanting world, there’s a magical realism about each of them which makes them more like fairy stories.  I loved the way the world building was strung together throughout each tale, the further through you get the brighter, bolder picture you have of this alternative reality I didn’t want to leave.

There’s variety between the way some of the stories are written, one is simply a conversation which keeps up the pace of the book.  Some are left slightly open-ended and I kept my fingers crossed until the end that those ends would be tied up but alas I was just left to my own imagination to determine how the lives of those characters may have panned out – which is what I want from these kinds of stories.  Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a bit of light-hearted escapist reading.

This is the first time that I’ve made up my mind to buy a copy of a review book before I’d finished it, you shouldn’t judge books by their covers but this one is beautiful, the bold anatomical heart is such a striking cover I think anyone would struggle to walk past this and not be intrigued.   I’ve heard there’s a couple of different covers you can get your hands on but so far have only seen the darker blue online, I visited several bookshops to try and get a copy before giving in to book depository so I really hope this isn’t being overlooked by bookshops!

Massive thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review.  The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is available to purchased now in hardback and for kindle and will be released in paperback in July 2018.


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