Beat the Rain

Beat the Rain[Read] ➫ Beat the Rain By Nigel Jay Cooper – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Alternate cover editions can be found here and hereAll relationships start out as love stories They don't all end as oneAfter Louise's lover passes away will a fragile new relationship with his twin b Alternate cover editions can be found here and hereAll relationships start out as love stories They don't all end as oneAfter Louise's lover passes away will a Beat the eBook Í fragile new relationship with his twin brother bring comfort or destroy them both A haunting exploration of love and loss Goodreads Choice Awards nominee Best Debut Author and Roundfire's Bestselling Fiction title Beat the Rain is a modern love story or falling out of love story providing a moving and vulnerable depiction of a relationship in decline At times humorous at times heartbreaking it explores what it means to live to love and to loseThe first novel in the OrdinaryLives series. Louise lives with her boyfriend Tom they have a 'perfect' life Tom has a big old secret though he is dying and he doesn't tell anyone Not even his twin brother AdamThe story starts right after Tom has passed away not spoiling because it happens at the beginningLouise is crushed then she gets a DVD from Tom He sends his brother Adam a letter at the same time He tells them both that since he is gone he knows that they love each other so they should do the hook up They jump right on that Ending up getting married I interrupt this review right herebecause I totally learned a new word in this book uim I thought it was some kinda new fish or something Umm no Shaddup I do know what it means thanks to Google Kinda grossed out but I still knowOn with the reviewMay be sorta spoilery I'm not gonna spoil all the good stuffLouise and Adam are living the dream they marry and have two kids Adam is a freelance writer so he stays at home with the kidlets while Louise works at her café Louise does suffer from postpartum depression so when I started realizing what an asshole she is I excused some of it But thenshe kept getting worse I hate this heifer She is bringing home most of the money I get that She works hard yep get that too But she makes up an 'convention' that she has to go to just because she needs a break from the kids and Adam That she does nothing for? Adam does it allThen we find out she cheats on him But it's okay because it really doesn't mean anythingMultiple timesShe decides on the trip that she is going to change and be all wonderful again When she gets back she is at work one day and in walks Jarvis Dream wife Louise gets all hot and bothered She knows that Jarvis wants her She even gets him to be friends with boring old Adam They have a dinner party with all of her asshole friends and that's when she realizes that he wants her too That dinner party is pretty much a hoot though I LOVE when a bunch of assholes try and out asshole each other This book is one that you might not care for if you have to be able to relate to the characters They all suck Big time suck It's a big old hot mess that you know is going to end well and you kinda have to just cheer for who is going to get it the worst I think I wanted the smack down on all of them I wish I could tell some of the good stuff but that would spoil and that would suck This is one of those that you have to discover what happens on your own✮✮✮ 12 stars Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review My book pusher friend Michelle's review grabbed my attention on this one I was pleasantly surprised at how good Beat the Rain was it really is a decent contemporary psychological novel that I enjoyed readingLouise is still grieving over the sudden death of her boyfriend Tom Tom knew he was dying but chose to keep it a secret from her Six months after his death Louise receives a DVD made by Tom before his death seemingly giving her permission for her and Adam his twin brother to become romantically involved The story follows Louise and Adam's relationship and how a chance encounter with a charming stranger called Jarvis impacts on their lives Relationships death life and love this is a very clever psychological thrillerromance Beat the Rain is a truly atmospheric intriguing and emotional book with uite a uniue plot that is beautifully written by debut novel writer Nigel Jay Cooper Well worth a read I'd happily recommend it and I'd certainly read by this author again 35 stars Louise unlucky Louise Abandoned at young age by her mother bullied at school lost her dad to cancer at 16 her partner Tom dies Nothing seems to work for her nothing or no one seems to be able to fix her And then her and Adam Tom's twin Their relationship wild seemingly forbidden but also strangely liberatingAdam Adam who's always been 'and Adam' always part of a duo Always in somebody's shadowThey're so wrong together but they're also really good together At the beginning it's their grief that connects them the strange wrongness of being together after Tom but with his permission They make it work the best they can children come along live happens and they stay together Their love is not perfect not fairy tale like it's the mundane everyday kind of love but it's love nonethelessThen Jarvis arrives in their lives Charming and handsome kind and caring Jarvis who brings Louise and Adam's marriage to the brink They both break their lives completely unravelIn Beat The Rain Nigel Jay Cooper gave us an emotional and raw portrait of vulnerable flawed people who try hard to overcome grief and their insecurities It's not an easy read but it's so compelling and beautiful and I couldn't put it down Loved it I would love to use something better than this worn out cliché but I'm tired today because of this book So here goes this really was an emotional rollercoaster One moment I was thinking things are picking up for the protagonists perhaps this won't all go down the drain the next moment it felt like I was being crushed despairing at the bleak bottom And then there would be these really humorous scenes That dinner party was hilariousBeat The Rain is the story of a relationship that is gradually degenerating Told from Louise's and Adam's perspectives we learn right at the start that Louise's boyfriend Tom has died Tom was Adam's twin brother Louise and Adam get married Not a spoiler it's in the book's blurb No further summary from me because the rest you will enjoy much if you start reading this without knowing too much 'Enjoy' may actually be the wrong word This isn't the light reading you want to pick up for leisurely days on a sun lounger In fact if you're feeling sad or discontent with life this may not be the best book to pick up at that moment Also if you need likable characters forget it Now I'm making this sound as if I wouldn't recommend this book Not at all This book is going to stay with me The amazing thing is when I started this I was expecting to read something different To be honest there were moments in the first half of the book when I thought about throwing in the towel and moving on But this is a book you need to stick with By the time Jarvis was introduced about halfway through the book I knew I couldn't put it down Hence feeling slightly tired today This is a wonderfully insightful look at relationships covering themes such as loss and grief parenthood mental health and our preconceived ideas about what should and what shouldn't I really loved the way how the author showed by means of the male and the female perspectives that two people can experience the same thing in completely different ways thus creating two different versions of the truth It was so frustrating I don't know how many times I shouted at these characters to start bldy listening and to talk to each otherThere were several times when I thought I could predict what Louise or Adam were going to do and each time Mr Cooper surprised me The ending didn't go the way I wanted it to Usually I would whine about that In this case it was actually the icing on the cakeEven taking into account my struggle with the first half of this book which jumped about too much for me I'm going to have to give this the full stars This is a debut novel Nigel Jay Cooper is a writer to keep on your radar He is extremely perceptive and knows how to create a uniue and painfully honest story Thanks to John Hunt Publishing for granting me access to an ARC via NetGalley Louise is grieving the death of her husband Tom Tom has a twin brother called Adam Letting go of her past is not easy and she thinks that by marring Adam it will take the pain awayThis is a phycological thriller which is both heartbreaking and funnyThis book is not for people who can't cope with raw emotion as it will pull at your heartstringsI would like to thank Net Galley John Hunt Publishing and the author Nigel Jay Cooper for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Louise and Tom fall madly in love After what feels like a very short time together Tom becomes ill but doesn't tell Louise and he also doesn't tell his twin brother Adam in fact he tells no one But while Tom is busy dying Louise and Adam are busy falling in love they just haven't realized it yet but Tom has Adam has always taken second place to Tom Adam is handsome but not uite as handsome as Tom Adam is clever but not uite as clever as Tom you get the picture? Will Adam and Louise have a future together or will the ghost of Tom forever get in their way?This is a psychological thriller but for a long time it reads like a romance and I did despair that we would ever get down to the nitty gritty of why this book is in the thriller genre and not romance genre This was a good read don't get me wrong a very good read and a very strong debut from author Nigel Jay Cooper but it takes a long time to get to the point and when we do get there the story of Adam and Louise is a strong one a shocking one and while I did see a couple of twists coming the book did not end as I had expected it to Nigel Jay Cooper is definitely an author to watch out for In Beat the Rain he came up with a pretty uniue plot His characters are nasty unpleasant people who at the end of the day really did deserve each other or at least that is my opinion anywayI will make a point of keeping an eye out for Nigel's next book because I know it's going to be another crackerI received this galley via NetGalley This book will break your heart If you can't handle intense emotions stay away from it Without trying to give much of the story away and avoiding repeating the blurb one of the things I liked the most about the story is how Nigel Jay Cooper takes a challenging risk in this novel He dares to reverse the traditional roles in a marriage and explores the different struggles parenthood can bring to a couple and to each spouse He goes deep in character development and introspection under both perspectives Are we sick people if we can't instantly love our children? Does a man become weak and ordinary by taking a domestic duty? What about our sex drive and needs?Perhaps my biggest challenge was to set my preconceived ideas aside and allow the characters to be without my judgment; to be a silent witness of the hopes and sorrows of these flawed people Grief and loss are perhaps the main themes of the story But so is hope and trust and acceptance The plot is intriguing and it won't let go The story is told parts by Louise parts by Adam There are also several interludes Each interlude reveals a bit of the inevitable end and I couldn't find the willpower to stop reading The story comes with unexpected and original twists and I loved them Brilliant I didn't think there was any power in the world that could keep me away from watching a fresh out of the oven episode of Game of Thrones That was until last night when I couldn't stop reading this book I had the urgency to know how the story ended It was a desperate crave Who cares if Jon Snow lives? I needed to know what happened to Louise Adam and Jarvis It couldn't wait I wanted to phone Cooper and demand explanations That's how emotionally involved I became Insane All I've done today is tell my friends they need to read the book so we can talk about it You will need someone to discuss this story It certainly makes an excellent bookclub selectionI received an ARC through NetGalley and Roundfire Books in exchange of an honest review Thank you Beat the Rain is Nigel Jay Cooper's debut novel and what an auspicious start to what will be an undoubtedly successful writing career It's hard to say exactly what this book is about without giving too much away so read the book synopsis for plot details and I will share with you some of the great writing that's in this book There's thisPerhaps that’s how all relationships end not with a bang but with the accumulation of millions of tiny moments that matter going unnoticed by one partner or the other because life gets in the way And then one day you both stop trying to make the other one notice any And that’s it the slow death is in motion The rest is entropyAnd thisI can see things with such clarity now such useless blinding clarity But what’s the point in that now? Knowledge isn’t always powerful Sometimes it’s just heart breakingAnd thisI am my own narrator Memory is an artist an impressionist She adds colour sound smell and emotion to events at her whim She adds subtracts and embellishes until the event she started documenting is uite unrecognisable to the others who also experienced it but at the same time is truthful to the owner of the memory There is no reality There are only impressions of past events made by a million selves all interacting with each other vying for superiority Reality doesn’t exist perhaps in the end that’s my only truthThere's so many great passages like that throughout the book; simply exuisite and thought provoking writing The only problem I had with the book is that sometimes I felt that the characters did things for no good reason they were unrealistic and just didn't make sense Still this is a great book and I highly recommend it Thank you to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review 2 and half starsThis book was at times all over the place trying to tackle too many issues at the same time and failing at it The plot is pretty simple it's the story of the relationship between Adam and Louise which is flawed from the very beginning and simply goes downhill as they try to navigate everyday life in the shadow of Adam's twin brother Tom Once they get into their own dynamic the author lays both characters totally bare by exposing their grief and especially their frustrations which they are completely unable to deal with in a sane way turning their relationship toxic I love character driven books but this one left me feeling a bit underwhelmed; it dragged uite a bit at about 13 of the story and didn't really pick up speed until another crucial character is introduced There wasn't enough dialogue everything we learn we do because of their thoughts and actions The starts and stops in the storytellling were annoying and it certainly could have used better editing Not bad overall but not a book I'd highly recommed either This book was jacked but I liked it It's one of those books that feels like a reality tv show that you can't stop watching because the situation keeps deteriorating and you want to watch everyone fail It starts with Louise's husband dying and then her pretty much immediately marrying his twin brother Socially it goes downhill from there It's bizarre to root for the failure of pretty much all of the characters but this book gives you that This was entertaining and a great guilty pleasure read Nigel Jay Cooper gets to the raw core of humans in a negative light 4 Stars for entertainment value alone

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  • 256 pages
  • Beat the Rain
  • Nigel Jay Cooper
  • English
  • 12 February 2014
  • 9781785353642