About the book
What do you do when your amazing, beloved sister dies?
Hide in your room for two years.
Sleep with a very, very wrong man.
Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?
Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.
My predominant feeling reading this was that I just wanted to reach into the book and give Pip a big hug. F.J. Campbell writes about grieving with so much poignance and sensitivity, delving into its complexity and often-unexpected effects. Pip’s raw emotion makes reading No Number Nine feel very emotionally intimate; very much a journey the reader is on with her.
Although there are some heavy themes in the book, it’s an incredibly moreish read filled with humour and some great characters. Billy and Nadine were my favourites: two characters whose light, hilarious charisma radiates from the pages. Pip is a wonderful protagonist to follow because she’s complex, flawed, and grows so much as the story unfolds. I also enjoyed the central romance of the book, particularly because it didn’t dominate the story, but felt like a natural part of it.
Thanks to the story and characters, I ended up being much more absorbed by the hockey/Olympics theme than I expected. The Munich setting was also fun to be in, not least because going abroad feels like a distant memory thanks to COVID!
Thank you to F.J. Campbell and Literally PR for asking me to be on this blog tour!
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