Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark by Christopher Meades

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark by Christopher Meades

Henrik Nordmark is a completely unremarkable man. He's middle-aged and works as a security guard, with no romantic prospects and no real excitement in his life. When Henrik walks in to store to buy plums, his life changes though he doesn't yet realize it. A chain of events is set off that involve three elderly assassins trying to kill him due to mistaken identity, a couple named Bonnie and Clyde who have been trying to kill each other for months, and Roland who thinks he has just won the lottery and instantly quits his job and dumps his girlfriend.

This book is a clever and quirky novel that weaves a tale around these characters where they are constantly bumping in to each other and affecting each other, knowingly or unknowingly. It kind of reminded me of movies like Burn After Reading where you start with a bunch of characters and their stories all interweave because of one little thing that happens.

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark is a short book but it hooks you on the first page and you cannot put it down. A fun, light read! I was impressed with Meades' debut novel.

First Line: "Until that fateful day, Henrik Nordmark had always been and entirely unremarkable fellow."


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