Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Looking for your next read? Check out Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Swalena G.

Things are definitely not as they seem in this Swedish comedy-mystery. The day before New Year’s Eve, a group of people show up for an apartment open house. However, not everyone present is interested in acquiring a new home. We meet a cast of characters who reveal themselves as they examine floor space and potential DIY. There is the young couple, Ro and Julia having their first child, but not their first argument; Roger and Anna-Lena, a retired couple looking for property to flip and a way to save their marriage; Zara, a wealthy banker who seems extremely disinterested in the whole process; and Estelle who has plenty of time on her hands. Into this mix, enters a confused bank robber who may or may not have taken everyone hostage.

Investigating the crimes are a father-and-son police duo who realize that working together might not be the best idea.

The author lets us know from the very first page that this story is “mostly about idiots.” As you read through the novel, you may agree with this assessment. Nevertheless, as you get to know the colorful cast of misfits, you cannot help but care about their quirks and hope everything turns out well for them.

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