This review is written with thanks to Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, and Netgalley for my copy of The Best Of Adam Sharp.
Adam Sharp works in IT and has a passion for music. He has been with his partner, Claire, for twenty years when a lover from his past, Angelina, gets in touch and invites him to spend time with her and her husband in France. Will Adam be tempted to relive the past?
The Best Of Adam Sharp is very easy to read, and Simsion's writing style is such that I was able to visualise each scene in my mind and imagine the relationships Adam shared with Angelina and Claire. However, whilst I feel that I am doing The Best Of Adam Sharp a disservice by comparing it to Simsion's previous novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, that is unfortunately what I did, and because of this, the characters seemed less vibrant and slightly one dimensional. It was more difficult for me to invest in these characters and really care about what the future held for them.
As Adam is a talented musician, and many of his memories are formed and shaped by music, this concept forms a central theme of the novel. Music is also an important part of my life, and therefore, I found the references to different songs and pieces of music gave the novel a frame of reference which enabled me to relate to the situations in which the characters found themselves. It also made the novel very thought provoking as it prompted me to think about the music which has sentimental value for me. At the end of the novel, Simsion directs the reader to the Spotify playlist, found here. Unfortunately, I did not find this until after I had finished reading, but I believe it would have increased the sense of atmosphere in the novel for me had I been able to listen to it.
In itself, The Best Of Adam Sharp is enjoyable and it raises some important questions about life, love and memory. However, having enjoyed Simsion's previous two novels, I finish this novel feeling slightly underwhelmed.
The Best Of Adam Sharp is published on 9th February and is available from Amazon.