#Bookreview for The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour @HelenTheWriter #RBRT

Rosie's Book Review team 1The A to Z of Normal

In The A to Z of Normal Clare lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, perfectionism and anxiety and as one who is only an untidy pile of papers away from slipping over into this life (hell I even bought a desk with curved edges to prevent me being able to line things up against them) I could totally understand her feelings which were excellently portrayed by Ms Barbour throughout this book.

Clare is a successful, independent woman who loves Tom. He sounds great, and is just a normal bloke who lives in an untidy house with his dog. Clare has no problem going to his house to stay because it is not her space. The problem comes for her when he asks her to marry him. She realises that she is not going to be able to impose the rules she lives by once they are married and sets out to ‘cure’ herself.

Here comes the only irritation I had with this book. I found myself in one of those moments where you’re shouting at the television ‘Don’t go upstairs/outside/for God sake turn the lights on!’ when watching a horror film only in this case it was, ‘You’re getting married, just tell him!’ Obviously much of the story would have been lost if she had done at the outset and I’m sure there is something in the disorder which makes the sufferer want to keep that information to themselves. However, this reaction of mine shows how well the writer engaged me right from the start of this read.

Eventually, of course, it does all come out and we see how their relationship progresses from there. One of my favourite parts was Clare’s interaction with Michael from the support group. Without giving any spoilers what happened there did not sit well with me, and how Clare is going to cope with that in the future will be interesting (is there going to be a sequel?) However Clare’s realisation of what he was up to I thought was brilliantly handled.

I found this a very interesting read which highlighted the details of a complex condition that Ms Barbour is clearly very knowledgeable about and I don’t hesitate in highly recommending it.

I received a copy of this book from the author, via Rosie’s Book Review Team, in exchange for an honest review but this has not altered my opinion of the book one iota.

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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8 Responses to #Bookreview for The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour @HelenTheWriter #RBRT

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Thank you Georgia a great review.

  2. Thanks to both of you for your support. This is a great start to 2016!

  3. Christoph Fischer says:

    I just read the book – it’s brilliant. Thanks for the recommendation and the great review 🙂

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