2020, Blog Tour, Book review

337 by M. Jonathan Lee @mjonathanlee – #337LEE @HideawayFall @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Today I’m sharing my review for 337 by M. Jonathan Lee as part of the huge book blitz to celebrate the books release today. Thanks to Love Books Tours and Hideaway Fall for the invite and gifted copy of the book.

About the book

337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens.
It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mothers disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.
Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.

337 is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

Samual Darte is still effected by his mother’s leaving when he was young. His brother Tom came across a note along with her wedding ring saying she was leaving their father and now Sam is in his 30’s and still living in the childhood home, he’s haunted by memories of his mum and is always wondering what happened to her.

It’s clear that Sams life has been overshadowed by his mums leaving and when he finds out his Gramma is dying he hopes he can maybe find the answers he’s been looking for before it’s too late.

The author has done a fantastic job in writing this story, it’s not fast paced but it really draws you in and has elements of mystery that really gets you thinking with red herrings scattered throughout. Its a novel that seems to really pull you in and whether Sam was sitting with his Gramma or at home, I felt like I was right there beside him feeling all his emotions along with him.

337 is a fabulous book and I was totally hooked, it has a sort of calmness about it but is just fantastically written.

I read the hardback copy which has a double-ended upside-down opening so you can start the book at either end (this feature is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only) and not only is it unusual it highlights the fact that not everything is as it seems. Whichever edition you pick up though I can guarantee you’ll be hooked.

About the author

M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels with ‘337’ being his sixth novel. Jonathan is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness and writes his own column regularly for the Huffington Post. He has recently written for the Big Issue and spoken at length about his own personal struggle in the British national press on the BBC and Radio Talk Europe.
Endlessly fascinated by the human condition and what leads people to do the things they do to one another, Jonathan is obsessed with writing stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears.

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