Rachels Random Resources presents the KILLING THEM WITH KINDNESS blog tour by author Andy Paulcroft.
Here is a little about the book:
Killing Them With Kindness
Deirdre Cossette is the self appointed carer for the elderly on The Avenue and all of her friends have stories to tell.
Margery, whose comfortable life was destroyed by a knock on the door. Stan, who made a mistake as a young footballer which cost him his friends and his self-respect. Marina, whose slim and stylish figure hides a terrible secret from the summer of Live Aid. And, Oliver and Archie, who have survived everything from post war homophobia to a family tragedy – and they have done it together.
Deirdre believes that everyone should have a choice. If they want to live on a diet of cakes, drink the alcoholic equivalent of a small hydrotherapy pool, or take on a toy boy lover in spite of a dodgy heart, Deirdre believes it is their right to do so. If they remember her in their wills afterwards, that’s not her fault, is it?
However, not everyone agrees with her. When disgruntled relatives from the present meet up with disgruntled ghosts from her past, Deirdre discovers the cost of being kind.
Everybody knows that once I start, I can’t stop. So the best thing for me to do with this review is just tell you this book is amaze-balls and just let things be. Let sleeping dogs lie. Don’t poke the skunk. Because if I keep going I’d end up spoiling the book, and god I really want to keep going, but I really HATE people who spoil books.
This is my first book by Andy Paulcroft, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He wrote a wonderfully comical and laugh out loud novel about the serious perils of getting old and the struggle many elderly must partake when they find themselves faced with the golden years of their life. He took such an important topic and addressed it in a way that was enjoyable yet eye-opening to some that are not familiar with end of life issues. All of this while introducing us to some of the most quirky and unusually outrageous characters you will ever meet and making us laugh a whole lot along the way.
Paulcrofts writing is smooth and flawless, and although there are many characters involved and different backstories to learn, he meshes it all together seamlessly so that the reader is completely absorbed in the story and able to follow along with each character as if they were a known member of their own family.
As for the rest of my review, well it basically leads to question only one thing. What is Deidre’s motive? Is there a motive, or is she just really a kind person who thinks people should live out the end of their life the way they want? That is the mystery to this whole crazy getup, and you are really just going to have to read it for yourself. This one certainly leads to a ton of book club and family discussion, for sure, and its one you don’t want to pass up. 4 stars from me.
This book was published in November 2019 and is available now.
Thank you so much to Andy Paulcroft, Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources, and Amazon Digital Publishing for a copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the Author
Andy Paulcroft grew up in Weston-super-Mare, and his love of books started when he borrowed his sister’s copy of Five Run Away Together and exaggerated a minor illness in order to finish reading it. He has since worked as a chef in France, Switzerland, Corsica and the North Highlands of Scotland before settling as a catering manager at a boarding school in Dorset. After many years of writing two to three chapters of a book before discarding it, he finally published his first novel Postcards From Another Life – in December 2017. The wonderful feeling of completing a novel was only surpassed by receiving a positive reaction from people who had read it. He retired from catering and recently published his second novel Killing Them With Kindness. He is now working on his third book.
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