The Wrong Story by James Ellis – Book Review

The Wrong Story by James Ellis – Book Review

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The Wrong Story

Author – James Ellis
Publisher – Unbound Digital
Pages – 240
Released – 17th March 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-1911586111
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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After falling from a car park roof, cartoonist Tom Hannah is left with partial amnesia and the feeling that something important is missing from his life. His journey to recovery is hampered by a growing inability to distinguish between real and imaginary events. The characters from his cartoon strip assume a grimy reality, while the lives of his family and friends appear ever more unreal.

The Wrong Story is about the borderlands between memory, imagination and the real world. It is about the desire for self-determination and the obligations on a responsible creator.

But mostly it’s about a man who falls off a roof and wants to know why – was it an accident, did he jump, or was he pushed?

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When cartoon artist Tom Hannah falls from the top of a multi-storey car park his life is saved by the market stall canopy below and boxes of bananas.

After waking up in a hospital it transpires that he is suffering from amnesia and that the day he fell has been completely wiped from his mind. He also starts seeing his cartoon characters in real life, as his imaginary and real worlds collide.

The Wrong Story is a unique novel. Tom Hannah is struggling to tell reality from fiction when his cartoon characters appear before him, even getting involved in his life.

He is also struggling to understand how he fell from the top of a multi-story car park, as he has a deep fear of heights and doesn’t have a car, so he has no reason for being up there.

I thought that the plot was exceptionally well woven together and that the whole concept of the two worlds intermingling worked well together and gave the book a fun edge. It has certainly been cleverly written.

It is also bang up-to-date, as James Ellis uses social media conversations to enhance the story and engage the reader in the plot. At times it felt that I was following real-life situations being talked about on Twitter.

The Wrong Story is an entertaining book that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I was as eager to find out how Tom fell, as much as he was. If your looking for something different to read, then this book would be perfect.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

James Ellis

James lives near Bath and writes fiction. His first novel, The Wrong Story, was featured on Hookline’s Discover New Writers page and was published in March, 2017, by Unbound Books. He is currently editing his second novel. He has had a number of flash fiction and short stories published as well as a travelogue of his journey through Central America.

James is a member of the Society of Authors and the International Flann O’Brien Society.

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17 Responses

  1. Bentley says:

    What a cool concept for a novel! Sounds like a really intriguing read. Great review!

  2. Nicole says:

    I wonder what the answer is! Certainly no one pushed him? Or did, they and why?! I guess I need to read to find out!

  3. Heidi says:

    Sounds interesting. Great review!

  4. Kiss Like a Girl says:

    This sounds like a super interesting book. I have so many questions after reading your review.

  5. It certainly keeps you guessing from the beginning.

  6. Tasha says:

    This is a definite addition to my TBR. Thanks for putting this book on my radar. 🙂

  7. DJ Sakata says:

    Creative and imaginative

  8. Terri A. Wilson says:

    This one sounds clever.

  9. Ohh great review, this book looks and sounds very intriguing I am really curious about the concept of the story as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  10. It really is unique. Thank you.

  11. I hope you get to read it some time.

  12. Great. I hope you enjoy it.

  13. You are very welcome.

  14. It certainly is.

  15. It is just that.

  16. You’re very welcome.