Any Day Now by Gordon J Brown @GoJaBrown @reddogtweets #AnyDayNow #bookreview

Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Any Day Now by Gordon J. Brown. If you remember I shared an extract from this a wee while ago; if not, here’s a reminder.

My thanks to the lovely Sean Coleman of Red Dog Press for my e-copy of Any Day Now. I also downloaded a copy from Amazon.

The Blurb

Abandoned by her mother, teenager, Catherine Day, tries to escape a life of crime by becoming a rock star—haunted by a surprising cold war family secret.

It’s 1982 and sixteen-year-old Catherine Day has been abandoned for good by her mother in their Glasgow home. Alone, in trouble, and desperate for money, Catherine is quickly ensnared by local criminals. In an attempt to escape a life of crime, she joins a local rock band.

She battles hard to succeed in the fickle music world, aided by a mysterious, and ever-present guardian angel – a man who has connections to her missing mother, her unknown father, and who, it transpires, is hiding a secret about her family and the Cold War that could change Catherine’s life forever.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine meets Daisy Jones and The Six in this heart-warming, heart-breaking coming-of-age story filled with humour and pathos.

What Did I Think

I love Catherine! She’s got sass!! Her way of getting through school is enviable – I wish I had her bravado! The story about the boat in 1899, brilliant! But oh the predicament Catherine is left in by her ma. My heart sank for her, I wanted to cry.

As the story progresses Catherine hits rock bottom and is desperate. Sheer desperation. And desperate times call for desperate measures, and Catherine’s actions are just that. But as the 80s pop song by Yazz says, the only way is up. Catherine’s grit and determination gets her on a musical path.

I loved the rapport between the band. Their pre-gig ritual is great. One character did intrigue me – Mr Goleniewski. He comes into Catherine’s life a stranger but he knows more than he’s saying. I didn’t know whether to trust him but he seemed to have Catherine’s best interests at heart.

Any Day Now may not be my normal kind of read but it is packed with tension and I was wrapped up in the story. I really wanted her to succeed in life. I also wanted to find out what Mr Goleniewski knew. This book filled me with a multitude of emotions, I couldn’t get enough of it. A fabulous read from Brown (and my first at that) and I’ll definitely be exploring more of his books – I’ve got plenty to go at!!

Who Is Gordon J Brown?

Gordon Brown has eight crime and thriller books published to date, along with a novella and a number of short stories.

Gordon also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (see www.bloodyscotland.com), is a DJ on local radio (www.pulseonair.co.uk) and runs a strategic planning consultancy. He lives in Scotland and is married with two children.

In a former life Gordon delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

Find him on twitter @GoJaBrown

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