Welcome To Wherever You Are
by John Marrs
Sold by Amazon (1 May 2015)
How far would you run to escape your past?
For eight strangers in a Los Angeles backpacking hostel, even the other side of the world isn't far enough.
The craving for a new identity and the chance to start again is something they have in common. But the search for a fresh start isn't as easy as they'd imagined.
And they soon discover that it doesn't matter where you are or who you are - if you can't lay the past to rest, coincidence, fate and deception have a way of catching up with you when you least expect it.
I loved John Marr's first book The Wronged Sons. Yet again he has scored a winner.
Welcome To Wherever You Are consists of several interwoven stories of backpackers staying at the Venice Beach International Hostel in Los Angeles. Each of these fascinating characters has secrets that are gradually revealed as the book switches between present and past.
The story is filled with little clues about who the people are and why they find themselves at the hostel. With short chapters and snappy dialogue, the author teasingly pulls the reader along with carefully worded snippets of information. I couldn't put the book down, and loved it from start to finish. All of the characters are really well developed and the intricate plot is so well constructed, something many other authors fail to achieve successfully.
As the story progresses, there's more and more interaction between some of the different characters in the past and present. The book is shocking in places, but still fantastic. Revelations just keep on coming. Some I suspected while others were a complete surprise.
Welcome To Wherever You Are is sheer brilliance. I will be recommending it to everyone I know!
I received a preview copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.