Beat the Rain

Beat the RainThis debut novel by Nigel Jay Cooper is absolutely lovely and haunting It s a rare combination of page turning psychological suspense and beautiful language Beat the Rain opens with the death of Tom, twin brother of Adam and partner of Louise Tom s death was unexpected by everyone except Tom himself, so the main characters are both left untethered by loss They marry, and life proceeds as normal, until it doesn t.Narration alternates mostly between Louise and Adam, and I found Adam to be the vividly realized character His voice is the introspective, vulnerable, and thus sympathetic.Cooper s use of language is mesmerizing, piercing and true Pondering the functional alcoholic Functioning Such a good word So descriptive of their lives So descriptive of a lot of people s lives, he imagines Functioning All the moving parts doing what they should but nothing going on behind the scenes, no sparks, no real life And this little gem about small talk Maybe Adam had been hard on the woman, she d probably only been making conversation Except conversation is always laden with meaning and hidden truths and politics Beat the Rain is full of those hidden truths, small jewels that together create the mosaic of human experience, but an experience that is made beautiful by broken things.Note Thanks to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. Louise is grieving the death of her husband Tom Tom has a twin brother called Adam Letting go of her past is not easy and she thinks that by marring Adam it will take the pain away.This is a phycological thriller which is both heartbreaking and funny.This book is not for people who can t cope with raw emotion as it will pull at your heartstrings.I would like to thank Net Galley, John Hunt Publishing and the author Nigel Jay Cooper for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alternate Cover Editions Can Be Found Here And HereAll Relationships Start Out As Love Stories They Don T All End As OneAfter Louise S Lover Passes Away, Will A Fragile New Relationship With His Twin Brother Bring Comfort Or Destroy Them Both A Haunting Exploration Of Love And Loss Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee, Best Debut Author And Roundfire S Bestselling Fiction Title, Beat The Rain Is A Modern Love Story Or Falling Out Of Love Story Providing 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 LoseThe First Novel In The OrdinaryLives Series I would love to use something better than this worn out clich , but I m tired today because of this book So here goes, this really was an emotional rollercoaster One moment I was thinking things are picking up for the protagonists, perhaps this won t all go down the drain, the next moment it felt like I was being crushed, despairing, at the bleak bottom And then there would be these really humorous scenes That dinner party was hilarious.Beat The Rain is the story of a relationship that is gradually degenerating Told from Louise s and Adam s perspectives, we learn right at the start that Louise s boyfriend, Tom, has died Tom was Adam s twin brother Louise and Adam get married Not a spoiler, it s in the book s blurb No further summary from me because the rest you will enjoy much if you start reading this without knowing too much Enjoy may actually be the wrong word This isn t the light reading you want to pick up for leisurely days on a sun lounger In fact, if you re feeling sad or discontent with life, this may not be the best book to pick up at that moment Also, if you need likable characters, forget it Now I m making this sound as if I wouldn t recommend this book Not at all This book is going to stay with me The amazing thing is when I started this, I was expecting to read something different To be honest, there were moments in the first half of the book when I thought about throwing in the towel and moving on But this is a book you need to stick with By the time Jarvis was introduced, about halfway through the book, I knew I couldn t put it down Hence, feeling slightly tired today This is a wonderfully insightful look at relationships covering themes such as loss and grief, parenthood, mental health and our preconceived ideas about what should and what shouldn t I really loved the way how the author showed by means of the male and the female perspectives that two people can experience the same thing in completely different ways, thus creating two different versions of the truth It was so frustrating I don t know how many times I shouted at these characters to start bl dy listening and to talk to each other.There were several times when I thought I could predict what Louise or Adam were going to do, and each time, Mr Cooper surprised me The ending didn t go the way I wanted it to Usually, I would whine about that In this case, it was actually the icing on the cake.Even taking into account my struggle with the first half of this book, which jumped about too much for me, I m going to have to give this the full stars This is a debut novel Nigel Jay Cooper is a writer to keep on your radar He is extremely perceptive and knows how to create a unique and painfully honest story Thanks to John Hunt Publishing for granting me access to an ARC via NetGalley. This book will break your heart If you can t handle intense emotions, stay away from it Without trying to give much of the story away and avoiding repeating the blurb, one of the things I liked the most about the story is how Nigel Jay Cooper takes a challenging risk in this novel He dares to reverse the traditional roles in a marriage and explores the different struggles parenthood can bring to a couple, and to each spouse He goes deep in character development and introspection under both perspectives Are we sick people if we can t instantly love our children Does a man become weak and ordinary by taking a domestic duty What about our sex drive and needs Perhaps my biggest challenge was to set my preconceived ideas aside and allow the characters to be without my judgment to be a silent witness of the hopes and sorrows of these flawed people Grief and loss are perhaps the main themes of the story But so is hope, and trust, and acceptance The plot is intriguing, and it won t let go The story is told parts by Louise, parts by Adam There are also several interludes Each interlude reveals a bit of the inevitable end, and I couldn t find the willpower to stop reading The story comes with unexpected and original twists, and I loved them Brilliant I didn t think there was any power in the world that could keep me away from watching a fresh, out of the oven episode of Game of Thrones That was until last night when I couldn t stop reading this book I had the urgency to know how the story ended It was a desperate crave Who cares if Jon Snow lives I needed to know what happened to Louise, Adam and Jarvis It couldn t wait I wanted to phone Cooper and demand explanations That s how emotionally involved I became Insane All I ve done today is tell my friends they need to read the book so we can talk about it You will need someone to discuss this story It certainly makes an excellent bookclub selection I received an ARC through NetGalley and Roundfire Books in exchange of an honest review Thank you Louise and Tom fall madly in love After what feels like a very short time together, Tom becomes ill, but doesn t tell Louise, and he also doesn t tell his twin brother Adam, in fact he tells no one But while Tom is busy dying, Louise and Adam are busy falling in love, they just haven t realized it yet, but Tom has Adam has always taken second place to Tom Adam is handsome, but not quite as handsome as Tom Adam is clever, but not quite as clever as Tom you get the picture Will Adam and Louise have a future together, or will the ghost of Tom forever get in their way This is a psychological thriller, but for a long time it reads like a romance, and I did despair that we would ever get down to the nitty gritty of why this book is in the thriller genre and not romance genre This was a good read, don t get me wrong, a very good read, and a very strong debut from author Nigel Jay Cooper, but it takes a long time to get to the point, and when we do get there the story of Adam and Louise is a strong one, a shocking one, and while I did see a couple of twists coming, the book did not end as I had expected it to Nigel Jay Cooper is definitely an author to watch out for In Beat the Rain he came up with a pretty unique plot His characters are nasty, unpleasant people who at the end of the day, really did deserve each other, or at least that is my opinion anyway.I will make a point of keeping an eye out for Nigel s next book, because I know it s going to be another cracker.I received this galley via NetGalley. Beat the Rain is Nigel Jay Cooper s debut novel, and what an auspicious start to what will be an undoubtedly successful writing career It s hard to say exactly what this book is about without giving too much away, so read the book synopsis for plot details and I will share with you some of the great writing that s in this book There s this Perhaps that s how all relationships end, not with a bang but with the accumulation of millions of tiny moments that matter, going unnoticed by one partner or the other because life gets in the way And then one day you both stop trying to make the other one notice any And that s it, the slow death is in motion The rest is entropy And this I can see things with such clarity now, such useless, blinding clarity But what s the point in that now Knowledge isn t always powerful Sometimes, it s just heart breaking And this I am my own narrator Memory is an artist, an impressionist She adds colour, sound, smell and emotion to events at her whim She adds, subtracts and embellishes until the event she started documenting is quite unrecognisable to the others who also experienced it, but at the same time, is truthful to the owner of the memory There is no reality There are only impressions of past events, made by a million selves, all interacting with each other, vying for superiority Reality doesn t exist, perhaps in the end, that s my only truth There s so many great passages like that throughout the book simply exquisite and thought provoking writing The only problem I had with the book is that sometimes I felt that the characters did things for no good reason, they were unrealistic and just didn t make sense Still, this is a great book and I highly recommend it Thank you to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review. 2 and half stars This book was at times all over the place, trying to tackle too many issues at the same time and failing at it The plot is pretty simple it s the story of the relationship between Adam and Louise, which is flawed from the very beginning and simply goes downhill as they try to navigate everyday life in the shadow of Adam s twin brother, Tom Once they get into their own dynamic, the author lays both characters totally bare by exposing their grief and especially their frustrations, which they are completely unable to deal with in a sane way, turning their relationship toxic I love character driven books but this one left me feeling a bit underwhelmed it dragged quite a bit at about 1 3 of the story and didn t really pick up speed until another crucial character is introduced There wasn t enough dialogue, everything we learn we do because of their thoughts and actions The starts and stops in the storytellling were annoying and it certainly could have used better editing Not bad overall, but not a book I d highly recommed either. I was pleasantly surprised at how good Beat the Rain was, it really is a decent contemporary psychological novel that I enjoyed reading.Louise is still grieving over the sudden death of her boyfriend Tom Tom knew he was dying but chose to keep it a secret from her Six months after his death Louise receives a DVD made by Tom before his death, seemingly giving her permission for her and Adam his twin brother to become romantically involved The story follows Louise and Adam s relationship and how a chance encounter with a charming stranger called Jarvis impacts on their lives Relationships, death, life and love, this is a very clever psychological thriller romance Beat the Rain is a truly atmospheric, intriguing and emotional book with quite a unique plot, that is beautifully written by debut novel writer Nigel Jay Cooper Well worth a read, I d happily recommend it and I d certainly read by this author again 3.5 stars. Louise, unlucky Louise Abandoned at young age by her mother, bullied at school, lost her dad to cancer at 16, her partner, Tom, dies Nothing seems to work for her, nothing or no one seems to be able to fix her And then her and Adam, Tom s twin Their relationship wild, seemingly forbidden but also strangely liberating.Adam Adam who s always been and Adam , always part of a duo Always in somebody s shadow.They re so wrong together but they re also really good together At the beginning it s their grief that connects them, the strange wrongness of being together after Tom but with his permission They make it work the best they can, children come along, live happens and they stay together Their love is not perfect, not fairy tale like, it s the mundane everyday kind of love but it s love nonetheless.Then Jarvis arrives in their lives Charming and handsome, kind and caring Jarvis who brings Louise and Adam s marriage to the brink They both break, their lives completely unravel.In Beat The Rain Nigel Jay Cooper gave us an emotional and raw portrait of vulnerable, flawed people who try hard to overcome grief and their insecurities It s not an easy read but it s so compelling and beautiful and I couldn t put it down Loved it

Writer and author, born in London, England He now lives in Brighton via Nottingham with his partner, their two children and greying ginger dog.Nigel s debut novel Beat The Rain was a semi finalist in the Best Debut Author category of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 His second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary was a finalist for The People s Book Prize for Fiction 2019 It was also longlisted for

[BOOKS] ✸ Beat the Rain Author Nigel Jay Cooper –
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Beat the Rain
  • Nigel Jay Cooper
  • English
  • 09 December 2017
  • 9781785353642

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