This review is written with thanks to Netgalley and Little A for my copy of We're All Damaged.
We meet Andy Carter a year after he has split from his wife, lost his job and ruined his best friend's wedding. He is feeling sorry for himself when he receives the news that his grandfather is dying, and he must return home to say his goodbyes and attend the funeral. This means facing his ex-wife and the friend whose wedding he ruined. When visiting his grandfather, Andy meets Daisy, a mysterious woman with a colourful past. Will Daisy be able to help Andy rediscover himself?
We're All Damaged is narrated by Andy, and this makes it very easy for the reader to understand his difficulties in the face of his marriage breakdown, and relate to him. As such, I wanted to learn more about him and this encouraged me to keep reading. The supporting characters, such as Andy's parents and brother also have traits that are recognisable in people with whom I am familiar, and this makes the relationships between the characters and the situations in which they find themselves feel more genuine, and thus makes the novel very easy to read.
Although the character of Daisy is intriguing, I was slightly underwhelmed by the revelations of her hidden secrets. I didn't find them particularly shocking, and I felt that some of the issues came to the reader's attention too late in the novel to be thoroughly explored. This meant that whilst We're All Damaged touches upon some interesting and important themes, I did not feel that they were given the depth required for the novel to have a lasting impact on me.
Overall, I found We're All Damaged easy to read, but I felt that at times, the plot lacked focus, and this made it difficult for me to maintain my attention.
We're All Damaged is available from Amazon.