Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Adult Fiction | Mythology (is 20 years ago classed as historical fiction? I hope not!!)
My Rating: ☆☆☆/5
Welcome to the second day of the Comeback blog tour! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genie has everything – a BRIT award, a singing career, the attention of the press and Oliver Fox, a pretty boy who looks good on her arm.
Until he dies.
His death brings Genie’s long buried feelings bubbling to the surface. Her grief over the death of her lover Wendi who introduced her to this world. Her self doubt and fear that she will be exposed as a fraud.
How far is she prepared to go to fix things?
The afterlife isn’t the most comfortable of places for anyone who’s still alive, but Genie’s not going to take any crap from the dead – she’s got years of experience in the music business.
Sometimes going to Hell and back takes a lifetime…
The first few chapters of this book gave me major Daisy Jones and the Six vibes and if anyone here has been following my socials for a while, you will know just how much I loved that book! I’ve come to realise that I enjoy books based on bands / pop culture. What made Comeback unique was the introduction of Genie living some of her life within the underworld (afterlife). In amongst this was a very clever addition of mythology, which sounds crazy, but it worked really well.
The toing and froing between the afterlife and real world did confuse me a little to start off with and much of the story was retellings of past events that lead Genie being up to the stage she was at. Once I’d gotten my head around that, I thought the storyline was fascinating – different to anything else I’ve ever read.
I felt that the chapters within the afterlife were more interesting than the ones in the real world. I also got a hint of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig in the afterlife chapters – except Matt Haig chose not to include labyrinths and mausoleums etc. Mythology is something I’ve been desperate to know more about for a while now but so far I’ve been too busy with other things to learn more. This book gave me a good stepping stone into the world of mythology as, to be honest, I stumbled across the mythology part of this book by accident! I went into the book thinking it would just be about Genie as a musician.
All in all, I did enjoy this book once I’d figured out what was going on! It was interesting to see why and how Genie ended up a BRIT Award winning singer (and completely addicted to drugs) and I think there was a perfect mix of the backstories and the ‘present’. The afterlife chapters, I think confused me the most at the start, but in the end I found them the most interesting.
About Chris Limb:
Chris is a writer based in UK, who has had a number of short stories published over the past few years, blogs on a regular basis and occasionally reviews books and audios for the British Fantasy Society.
Chris wrote a short pop memoir which was published in 2011 and went down well with its core-audience. It continues to sell at a steady rate to this day.
Chris also plays bass guitar and performs random acts of web and graphic design for a diverse selection of clients.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08PCM8XXY
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/comeback-chris-limb/1138397379
Published in paperback and digital formats by Unbound on 21st January 2021
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