I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S Moore and sharing my review today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Despite living in the same three-flat house in the suburbs of London, the residents are strangers to one another. The bottom floor is home to Tam, a recent ex-cop who spends his days drowning his sorrows in whisky. On the middle floor is Nick, a young man with Asperger's who likes to stick to his schedules and routines. The top floor belongs to Karen, a doctor and researcher who has spent her life trying to understand the rising rates of autism. They have lived their lives separately, until now, when an unsolved murder and the man on the middle floor connect them all together. Told from three points of view, The Man on the Middle Floor is about disconnection in all its forms; sexual, physical, parental and emotional. It questions whether society is meeting the needs of the fast growing autistic section of society, or exacerbating it.
The opening to The Man on the Middle Floor grabbed my attention mainly because I wondered where the story was going to go. There was a deeper insight into the characters lives with Elizabeth S Moore creating some complex and intriguing characters. I was easily pulled into both their lives and homes experiencing everything with them. Now I'm trying to be pretty vague where the plot is concerned as I really don't want to give anything away.
What I will say is that this book is guaranteed to make you think and is very different to anything that I have read recently which made this story all the more interesting for me. In a way I guess I was expecting an entirely different reading experience to the one I got but that doesn't necessarily mean I was disappointed. Hearing the story from multiple perspectives always gives a story a more rounded feel so this was definitely achieved here. There are some unsettling issues featured in the book giving the reader a much more darker edgier feel as they read. The Man on the Middle Floor is a character driven story that held my attention and I'm sure that this book will stay with me for a while.
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Anna at RedDoor Publishing for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.