The basic premise of this novel is Barney Thomas, a forty-something barber who lives a pretty dull and boring life. He finds himself thinking of murder, being fed up of the rut that he is in, but he has no one to talk to, his wife is more interested in soaps than him and his 80-odd year old mother is more interested in quiz shows… Then he finds himself embroiled in a lot of murder, by complete and utter accident.
I have been trying to figure out how I actually feel about this book… It was enjoyable and yet it didn’t tick the right boxes for me. There was funny parts, the interactions between Barney and his mother being one of them and the police. The ending was pretty sweet as well.
Although I liked the Glasgow setting, yet I found myself wondering exactly where the characters were at times. I don’t know why but I found myself comparing the book toTrainspotting, though they are completely different the setting in the latter book was just easier to see than in this one.
The character’s are rather funny, the interactions between them was interesting and for part of it you do feel sorry for Barney.
Again I find myself unsure exactly how to feel about the book on a whole. I can’t say I want to read the next in the series and yet at the time I also don’t find myself glad the tale is over either.