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Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 semifinalist, Best Debut Author A love story about dysfunctional people. Can Louise move on from the loss of her lover Tom? Can she and Tom's twin brother Adam really find a way to love one another? Or are they trapped on a path of self-destruction, moving towards a tragedy neither can avoid? Beat The Rain is a moving and vulnerable depiction of a relationship in decline. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, it explores what it means to live, to love and to lose.
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It’s a rare talent that can take on the ordinary subject of life in a long term, grown up relationship and cast a light deep into the realities of what that really means for the two people involved, how it affects you and the people around you, and what happens when you go off-course. There’s a deep compassion in the voice of the author, and the bleaker moments are interspersed with some properly laugh out loud bits where you can’t quite believe someone just said what they did. If you’ve been in a long term relationship, or find yourself in one now wondering what on earth you’re doing, I’d say read this.
This isn't the type of novel I would normally read, but I'm so glad I did. If you've been in a long-term relationship, whether you're a man or a woman, you'll feel like this author has climbed into your own skin. It's been a few days since I finished it and I can't stop thinking about it.
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Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters and their grubby domestic lives, yet in a way that makes the reader care about what happens to them.
Haunting, touching and at times lyrical, Beat The Rain will undoubtedly draw comparisons with bestseller thrillers such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.
It sends you on an emotional ride that is equal parts rollercoaster and ghost train, and proves that a male author can dare to take on women’s fiction and succeed with aplomb.
Beat The Rain is a gripping and twisting tale of a dysfunctional couple whose inexorable domestic disintegration is mirrored in their mental collapse with tragic consequences.
It’s not difficult to understand why this novel has been gathering glowing praise. Not only is it a triumph in its narrative style, alternating chapters between Louise and Adam to share differing perspectives of the same events, its prose is restrained and deeply moving, managing to elicit empathy for the characters even in light of their many flaws and frailties.
A kitchen sink drama for the 21st century, it draws in readers into an absorbing page-turner with a simple moral: the grass isn’t always greener. Although overlain with a sense of impending doom, Beat The Rain is also peppered with humour, buffering the heaviness with a more light-hearted tone and allowing the reader some breathing space.
A unique love – or better, a ‘fall out of love’ story – set in the cracks of the grimy every day, this psychological thriller is a rollercoaster of a read. Who would have thought that the seven-year itch could become a potentially deadly disease.Beat The Rain is an unforgettable story of love and loss propelled by blockbuster twists. At times humorous; at others downright tragic, it runs the full gamut of emotions that would be encountered in a relationship spinning dangerously out of control.