Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Summary: Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.
Genre: contemporary
Rating: 3/5 stars

Anxious People has been floating around in the book world for under six months, and already it’s made an enormous impact on readers. I discovered it because it was one of the five finalists in Book of the Month’s book of the year awards, and since I’d already read all the other nominees, it was the only option to choose from. Plus it was free, which tends to sway me into reading it. So I went into this book expecting great things, despite knowing contemporary fiction is usually pretty hit-or-miss with me, because of course, why would it be a book of the year nominee if it wasn’t amazing?

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