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Now here’s a thriller that’s worth the hangover



Now here’s a thriller that’s worth the hangover

You’ll be sad when you exit Belinda Bauer’s delightful examination of death and dying, but it’s worth it

Sunday Times books editor

A book hangover — that terrible feeling when one finishes a book, usually fiction, and can’t stop thinking about it and its characters. The reader is so attached to the book that when it ends it causes one emotional distress. Urban Dictionary defines it as (1) the inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book’s world and (2) the inability to function at work/school because you were up all night binge-reading. 

My book hangovers have been hectic this past year. Reality, as we know, has been blah, meh, urgh and it’s lovely to escape to another space and time. When that’s over, sadness takes hold, I sigh deeply and loss engulfs me.

I always try to line up books so the grieving process is quick, but sometimes a book needs time to just sit so I can fully take in what I have read and experienced. This is why some thrillers are so great. They are, as a colleague says, palate cleansers. Great between those literary tomes...

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