by Matthew Crow
Date Started: 18 August 2018
Date Finished: 24 August 2018
Firstly, I want to say thank you to the publishers who kindly gave me a copy of this novel to review.
This novel follows 94-years-young Mr. Baxter, who has been told he has a year to live and is move from his house into a Home. Whilst Baxter is there trying to keep living his life, he meets teenage Greg, who is merely surviving. Baxter takes it upon himself to ensure his last adventure is the first of many for Greg.
I adored Baxter and Greg, not only were they a great duo but they also worked well apart. Baxter is stubborn but lovable, who has so much knowledge, wisdom, and wit. It was easy to see why the nursing staff loved him so much, even if he did make their jobs more difficult. I really enjoyed seeing his interactions with other characters, especially his old friend Winnie.
The contrast between them and Greg was well written and they complemented each other well. Baxter was charming and charismatic, whereas Greg was more standoffish and reserved. It was great seeing Greg develop throughout the novel and seeing him begin to come to terms with his tragic loss.
Although it felt a little rushed at times towards the end, the plot was well explored and executed. I loved the way Crow slowly revealed more about the characters and their pasts. It’s through this you realise how similar Greg and Baxter are on a deeper level which makes them make sense as a duo. I also enjoyed the mix of having their stories told to us by themselves and other characters, and through the use of flashbacks.
Both of their stories were beautiful and tragic. I could have easily read an entire novel on Baxter and Thomas. Seeing them in the flashbacks was a lovely touch and I loved being able to experience Thomas himself and not just through Baxter’s words. I would have loved to have seen more of Greg after the trip to France for some closture, however, leaving it the way Crow did gives the end a sense of hope and made me feel warm reading it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and getting to know both Baxter and Greg. After reading this I’m going to check out more of Crow’s work. This novel is released on Thursday 6 September 2018 and it’s definitely worth picking up!