ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – Impossible by Sarah Lotz #LoveImpossible
My review today is for the brilliant Impossible by Sarah Lotz. I loved this book so much. My thanks to Harper Fiction for sending me a proof copy for review purposes. It will be published in hardcover, eBook and audiobook on 17th March.
Meet Nick: Failed writer. Failed husband. Dog owner.
Meet Bee: Serial dater. Dress maker. Pringles enthusiast.
One day, their paths cross over a misdirected email. The connection is instant, electric. They feel like they’ve known each other all their lives.
Nick buys a new suit, gets on a train. Bee steps away from her desk, sets off to meet him under the clock at Euston station.
Think you know how the rest of the story goes? They did too . . .
But this is a story with more twists than most. This is Impossible.
Before picking up Impossible I’d heard so many amazing things about it, to the point that I was concerned I might have built it up too much in my head. I’m happy to report that that was not the case and Impossible is truly a brilliant book.
One day Nick, chasing up unpaid fees for his writing services, sends a very sweary email to his client….except for some reason that email goes to Bee, a fashion designer with a disastrous love life. They find they have a rapport, something that’s hard to come by in everyday life, and it seems like fate that they have found each other. After much email correspondence they decide to meet. So far, so fairly expected romance novel. It’s what comes after the day they hoped to meet that makes this such an original and engaging high-concept love story…..and I’m not going to tell you what happens next, only to say that you should read this wonderful book for yourself.
Bee and Nick are ideal protagonists. I loved both but I particularly loved Nick’s sardonic humour which had me laughing out loud many times, not just in his emails with Bee but in his interactions with friends, family, his irascible neighbour and his nit-picking landlady, not to mention his dog, Rosie. If Nick would make me laugh in real life then Bee is the kind of person who would make a great friend. She’s thoughtful and kind and generally sweet-natured.
A delicious mind-twister of a read, plotted to perfection with characters that almost jump off the page, Impossible is something very special indeed. I was hooked from start to finish by Nick and Bee’s impossible romance and the question of whether it could ever be resolved really ramped up the anticipation levels, leading to the really rather delightful ending. Never mind Impossible, this book is Unforgettable. I hope it becomes a bestseller.
Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and award-winning novelist whose previous work has been translated into over twenty languages. She lives on the Welsh borders with her family and far too many rescue dogs.