Well, I think it’s safe to say that A Heart In The Right Place is like nothing I’ve ever read before and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m not quite sure how best to describe it though, to be honest.
It starts as a seemingly regular tale about a son making plans for a weekend away with his Dad, who has cancer. Nick is just awaiting a parcel, for which he’s paid an extra £12 to ensure delivery that morning, in an effort to make their weekend perfect. However, his parcel ends up being left with a neighbour, despite him being in all morning, and the neighbour is not answering the door. Nick finds himself growing increasingly desperate as the day goes on. If he doesn’t retrieve this parcel their weekend will be ruined, or so he believes. So, in a moment of madness, he decides to break in to his neighbour’s house, grab his parcel, and leave a note to say he will pay for the damage to the window! He really should have just admitted defeat, but I’m so glad he didn’t.
Nothing could prepare Nick for what he was to find in that house and this is where the story gets really interesting and nothing like I was expecting, although I’m not really sure what I was expecting. The scene in that house is gory, quite gross and hilarious all at the same time. I doubt I’d be laughing if I was Nick, but I certainly found his predicament quite amusing, especially with the involvement of the neighbour’s dog. From this moment on, it’s none stop action which is so brilliantly written it was so easy to get lost in this book. With unique characters and an even more unique storyline, I was totally gripped. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at something so gruesome! It’s comedy genius!
Books for me are about pure escapism and this one certainly was. If you’re looking for an entertaining read, you won’t go far wrong with this one.
Many thanks to the authors and publisher for my review copy via Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources.
All Nick wants to do is take his dying father for a perfect father-son weekend in the Scottish Highlands. It’s not much to ask, is it? A log cabin, a roaring fire, a bottle of fine whisky and two days to paper over the cracks in their relationship.
However, Nick didn’t plan on making the trip with a dead neighbour in the back of his car. Or the neighbour’s dog. He really didn’t plan on being pursued by a psychotic female assassin intent on collecting body parts. And he really, really didn’t plan on encountering a platoon of heavily armed mercenaries, or some very hungry boars, or a werewolf.
A Heart in the Right Place – a horror comedy about setting out with the very best intentions and then messing everything up.
Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of over a dozen books.
The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company.
Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.
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