Dublin in the Rain

Dublin in the Rain - Andrew Critchley This was a hard review for me to write. I enjoyed this book a lot, yet there were times it frustrated me to no end due to the characters. The frustration was good though as the characters were very interesting and believable.

To set the tone of the story you learn of what happens to Jonathan's father and how it has an affect on the rest of the story, especially Jonathan. There were times I wanted to slap Jonathan's father so bad for not seeing the damage he is doing to his son and family, but due to how he was raised, the father is in need of help. The same can be said for Jonathan, who after his mother decides to leave the destructive path that her husband is on, is heavily influenced by his father when he was younger. That is until he finds Sophia. Everything seems perfect for them... till a tragic night that sends him into a spiral and down the same destructive path. He is spared following his father's path with help of his best friend and a mysterious girl (Which reminds me a bit of "It's a Wonderful Life" only better!).

Through out the book I was wanting to slap Jonathan for following his father's footsteps and not learning from his past and running from it instead, while really rooting for him to have a good life that he should have if he only did learn and stop being such a stubborn fool. When it comes to sex in books, I always feel, if it's part of the story that's fine, but I'm not a fan of it being too descriptive. For the most part it had a good balance of both, though I could have lived without the descriptions, but that's my personal feeling. While parts of the book may have focused on the sex, it was not a major part of the book nor was a distraction, which is always a very good thing.

I really enjoyed the book even if I had times of a love/hate feeling towards characters and scenes. Though for me, if the author could get me to do that, as well actually think about the characters and their lives and the effects of what humans have on each other, then the author has created really good characters and a storyline.

I received this book as a Goodreads first reads for a honest review.