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This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.
As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.
I absolutely LOVED the concept and idea of this book. I also loved how there were so many characters and bizarre stories tied to them but by the end of the novel I was left very underwhelmed.
But holy cow– this writing and the structure of this particular plot was a mess to me. I could NOT keep up with what the author was trying to do and how he was trying to portray it. Like, I had an idea of it but I could never be 100% sure. The writing almost seemed way to silly and whimsical for me. Not something that I was expecting at all.
Anxious People had a cast of some interesting characters but the book itself was really wonky. The style of narration made it hard for me to keep track of the said characters. It really felt like the author was just trying too hard to be poignant by the time it was all said and done.