Review: The Latecomers Fan Club by Diane V Mulligan

Title: The Latecomers Fan Club

Author: Diane V. Mulligan

Pages: 198 Pages

Publisher: Broad Universe

The Blurb

What is it about musicians that makes them so irresistible? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel.

Abby was first sucked in by Nathaniel’s rock and roll swagger four years ago when a drunken fling turned into a series of drunken hook-ups that became something like a relationship. Now, as New Year’s Eve promises a fresh start, she wants to believe he’s finally going to grow up and take their relationship seriously.

What does Nathaniel hope the New Year will bring? An escape from reality. He’s thirty-four years old and he’s barely making ends meet as an adjunct philosophy professor, which was always only a backup plan anyway. Nathaniel’s real goal was always to make his living as a musician, but his band, The Latecomers, broke up a couple of years ago, and he hasn’t picked up his guitar in months. When he decides to spend the holiday with some high school friends instead of hanging out at the bar where Abby works, he gets the happy surprise of reuniting with his long-lost friend Maggie. Newly divorced, Maggie has just moved back to her mother’s house to regroup.

Nathaniel and Maggie were supposed to be the ones who left central Massachusetts forever to conquer the world. He was going to be a rock star. She was going to take the world of art by storm. He’s never gotten farther than Boston, and her best efforts only left her broke and heartbroken. As they ring in the New Year together, Nathaniel decides it’s time to take control of his life and to start making his dreams come true. He thinks the first step will be easy. All he needs to do is break up with Abby and finally admit his feelings for Maggie. But the New Year has more surprises in store, and nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

The Review

Oh dear. Another DNF, I’m afraid.

Diane V. Mulligan’s book The Latecomers Fan Club just wasn’t for me and believe me I really tried. I got halfway through it before I accepted this fact.

For me, the problem was the characters. I really, really hated them. Well, no, that is unfair. I didn’t hate Abby. Abby was a victim in all of this However Nathaniel and Maggie were insipid, selfish and came across like the world owed them both a favour. They were both ‘arty’ characters and life hadn’t gone their way and somehow that was meant to endear you to them and how their will-they-won’t-they love affair was meant to override the fact that Nathaniel was treating the mother of his unborn child like crap.

Nope. I just couldn’t give this book anymore of my time or attention when there are far more likeable characters out there.

The Latecomers Fan Club by Diane V Mulligan is available now.

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