Renee Conoulty: Us by David Nicholls


Friday, 1 May 2015

Us by David Nicholls

'I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.'

'Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?'

Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Hey! Here's my review.

Told from the perspective of Douglas, this is the story of the last European family vacation before his son Albie leaves home and his wife Connie decides whether or not she wants to leave him after almost 25 years of marriage. The short chapters flick between the current timeline, flashbacks and the odd flash forward. 

I didn't fully engage with this novel. I'm not sure why, but I was easily distracted by other books and once halfway through, put it down for a few week. I picked it up again today and finished the second half in one sitting. 

I loved the dry sarcastic humour peppered throughout, and found myself laughing out loud a few times. There were also some emotional moments that struck close to home.

I recieved this book free from the publisher as part of the "It's the thought that counts" 2014 Christmas giveaway (I nominated myself)
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