Love Will Tear Us Apart by CK McDonell

My Five Word TL:DR Review: I am loving this series


Okay, let’s just cut to the chase.  It’s been a while since I read this book and yet the feeling of absolute adoration for this series still feels strong.  So, that being said I’m going to post up the blurb for the book before I begin  That way I can focus on my feelings without going into the description too much:

“Marriages are tricky at the best of times, especially when one of you is dead.

Vincent Banecroft, the irascible editor of The Stranger Times, has never believed his wife died despite emphatic evidence to the contrary. Now, against all odds, it seems he may actually be proved right; but what lengths will he go to in an attempt to rescue her?

With Banecroft distracted, the shock resignation of assistant editor, Hannah Willis, couldn’t have come at a worse time. It speaks volumes that her decision to reconcile with her philandering ex-husband is only marginally less surprising than Banecroft and his wife getting back together. In this time of crisis, is her decision to swan off to a fancy new-age retreat run by a celebrity cult really the best thing for anyone?

As if that wasn’t enough, one of the paper’s ex-columnists has disappeared, a particularly impressive trick seeing as he never existed in the first place.

Floating statues, hijacked ghosts, homicidal cherubs, irate starlings, Reliant Robins and quite possibly several deeply sinister conspiracies; all-in-all, a typical week for the staff of The Stranger Times.”

So, for me this is a series that is going from strength to strength.  If you love urban fantasy I strongly think you should pick this one up.  I can’t deny that the connection to Manchester and all the other connotations are strong for me but I seriously don’t think that alone would be enough to make me enjoy this so much.  The characters are great, I love them all and I don’t want any of them to come to harm.  The setting is well done.  Contemporary, ironic, sarcastic.  I mean, I just love it. The plots are original, the dialogue is spot on and I can’t wait to read more.

This is a short review but that isn’t a reflection on how I feel for this book or this series.  I heartily recommend this series to readers who enjoy urban fantasy, contemporary settings, batshit crazy happenings, a great cast of characters that feel like ‘found family’.  I literally can’t wait to see what comes nest.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publishers, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars