THE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE, by Molly Flatt, Macmillan Publishing/Publishers Group Canada

There are success stories – and there are true stories

How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London’s fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.

Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.

Full of heart and humor, this is a very modern adventure with a most unexpected twist.

Out May 2018

448 pages approx


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I was so very, very happy to find that this book was not what would be classified as a “contemporary” fiction read.  There are a few cross-overs that came along quite unexpectedly and just when I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this book, I was taken quite by surprise and pleasantly entertained.  The blurb doesn’t do it justice.

The Protagonist was well-rounded and cleverly depicted full of complex and contradictory impulses/character traits that were easy to like.  She goes on an incredible journey of self-discovery to where she finds herself facing ultimate and re-defining moments of who she really is.

For those choosing to read this book, I would suggest that readers of science fiction/fantasy be more interested than those who are strictly contemporary readers.  The “weird” that everyone is discussing is the cross-over from one genre to the other which is actually a cross-over between sci-fi and fantasy, and I think contemporary readers will be put off by this.  If you are an eclectic reader, then you’ll find the twists and cross-overs to your liking.

I find this book rather different and quite intriguing and can’t help but wonder what the pitch to an agent/publisher was like to make them interested enough in representing the author.  The synopsis must have sounded a bit bizarre, to say the least :).  Perhaps, bizarre will be the next fad fiction.  Who knows.  Molly Flatt might become a trendsetter because this book was really… bizarre–in a good way! The fact that this is the author’s debut book goes to show how brave and driven this author is and I can’t wait to see what she will deliver next and if she continues with the trend she’s already set in motion.

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