Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith (Translator)

Published September 8th 2020 by Atria Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I started reading this book, I was not sure about it. I have loved everything I have read by Fredrik Backman and thought I might finally be disappointed, but NO! Stick with this one if you feel like I did at the beginning, because I loved it. This is a story about human nature. There are a group of strangers looking at an apartment. They are so diverse and have different reasons for being there. Enter the bank robber, who holds them hostage. Then there is the cop who is investigating and his father, also a police officer. Throw in the real estate agent and a man in a rabbit costume and you have an extremely eclectic group of strangers who are forced together.

Backman has a very distinctive writing style. His humour is very dry, yet extremely witty. His insight into what makes people tick is amazing. This story uses their doubts, motives, secrets and embarrassments to show us their vulnerability. He also shows us what people will do for love, friendship and family. Many actions are not the best decisions in this book, but the motives are pure. I loved all the characters, even the cantankerous ones. This is a story about being a human being and surviving in this crazy mixed up world. It is about compassion and understanding. It is a must read for everyone who loves to laugh at human nature and can smile and totally get it. I was gifted with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

From Goodreads: This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.