- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Roundfire (1 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785353640
- ISBN-13: 978-1785353642
“Don’t try to beat the rain. Just accept that sometimes you’re going to get wet.”
A modern love story about dysfunctional people. Can Louise move on from the loss of her lover Tom? Can she and Tom’s twin brother Adam really find a way to love one another? Or are they trapped on a path of self-destruction, moving towards a tragedy neither can avoid?
Beat The Rain is a moving and vulnerable depiction of a relationship in decline. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, it explores what it means to live, to love and to lose.
My feelings on ‘Beat the Rain’
You can see from the synopsis what the gist of the story is however I was not expecting what I read. We are sitting in the Psychological Thriller genre with this book and I was very much right there with the characters as I read it.
Firstly, I want to point out that this is the debut novel by Nigel Jay Cooper and for a first novel I was blown away! This is the second debut novel that I have reviewed and both were amazing and both very different.
Beat the Rain is a very ‘dark’ story. Louise loses her partner and finds out via a DVD, 6 months after he dies, that he knew he was ill prior and wants her to make a go of things with his twin brother, Adam. On the same day Adam gets a letter from Tom stating the same thing about him wanting Adam to make a go of things with Louise and the story goes on from there.
From here on is there may be some spoilers I. I won’t take offence if you skip it and skim on down to see my final verdict!
Adam and Louise spending their time getting over their loss by partying their time away however end up getting married and having children and having to settle down. Adam stays at home with the children while Louise works in her cafe. She feels empty and sleeps with men to fill this void however one night decides she has had enough and goes home to her husband to make things work. Enter Jarvis! Jarvis buys the garage across from her cafe and she starts to get friendly with him and the three of them end up hanging out quite a lot. As the friendship between the 3 of them grow so do other feelings.
I will leave things there as I don’t want to go too far into the story but this is a book that plays with emotions. The author isn’t afraid to cross boundaries that a lot of authors wouldn’t dare toy with. This isn’t a story that ends up wrapped up nicely in a lovely wee bow. We are definitely left with it tied up but the bow isn’t as pretty as one might wish.
WARNING – If you don’t like swearing then this book isn’t for you, if you are going through a loss then it may, also, not be for you.
I cant help but give this book a rating!
I encourage you to pick up a copy today! It is available on Amazon available both for Kindle and in Paperback.
I did receive this book for review purposes but it has taken me until now to review it for reasons that escape me given it is well worth a read.