Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for Overdrawn by NJ Crosskey! This is slightly later than anticipated because I have been prepping for a #giveaway on my bookstagram account (@mrscookesbooks) in conjunction with my post. Head on over there after reading my review for a chance to win a finished copy of the book!
Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated.
Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on.
When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.
Crosskey combines the social commentary of classic dystopian works such as 1984 or The Handmaid’s Tale with the contemporary style of unreliable narration found in recent hits Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train.
I was so excited to be invited on the blogtour for Overdrawn as I LOVE dystopian fiction, and this little gem of a book did not disappoint! Overdrawn is punchy and pacy, yet packed with heart and tender relationships; I became emotionally invested from the very beginning.
On the face of it, the whole premise of Overdrawn seems completely bonkers; yet the terrifying fact is that it is totally believable and utterly plausible. I yo-yo’d through a range of emotions as I turned the pages of Overdrawn; but the one that struck me most was the horror at the macabre “Moving-On” parties (arranged for when people thought that they had become too much of a burden to society). The forced gaiety was almost too much to bear!
I was enraptured by Overdrawn; totally sucked in and consumed by the story of Henry and Kaitlyn, yet simultaneously stupefied and gobsmacked by Crosskey’s clever and captivating tale.
When I finished Overdrawn I could hear my heart hammering in my chest and reverberating in my ears: What. A. Ride. This politically charged, dystopian drama was both thought-provoking and heart-breaking and left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I look forward to whatever stroke of genius Crosskey offers up next, but in the meantime I’ll be buying her first book; Poster Boy.
Overdrawn is out now in paperback and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Lucy Chamberlain of Legend Press for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my eye-catching, proof copy in exchange for my honest review (together with a finished copy which will be the prize on my bookstagram giveaway running all of this week!). If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on this mammoth #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!