For eight strangers in a Los Angeles backpacking hostel, even the other side of the world isn’t far enough.
The craving for a new identity and the chance to start again is something they have in common. But the search for a fresh start isn't as easy as they'd imagined.
And they soon discover that it doesn't matter where you are or who you are - if you can't lay the past to rest, coincidence, fate and deception have a way of catching up with you when you least expect it."
Woah. This book, quite simply, blew me away. Based in Venice Beach, (a place I have just returned from, so that was in the book's favour straight away), and telling the story of eight strangers, all living in a back-packing hostel, Welcome To Wherever You Are is a complex mix of layer upon layer of secrets, secrets, secrets. No one appears to be exactly who they seem, and all of them are hiding something, some things more shocking than others, then just when you think you've got it all straight….BAM, you get hit with another incredible twist. There are some fantastic squeezy-arm-oh-my-god moments (always good), and I was swinging wildly from loving characters, to hating them, to loving them again all the space of a single chapter.
If you've read (and enjoyed) The Wronged Sons, then you'll love this book - but don't expect it to be similar in any way, shape or form - its a completely different read, one that I found even more enjoyable than The Wronged Sons. If you haven't read John's first novel, then I suggest you do - and follow it up with this brilliant five star story.
Welcome To Wherever You Are is out now and you can get it here:
**Thank you to the author, and our esteemed leader of THE Book Club for my ARC**