Just a Small Town follows the lives of four characters—Alex, Jim, Chelsi, and Danny. They each struggle with their own problems with drugs, guilt, and gangs. The book deals with heavy subjects like murder, suicide, and prostitution, but it is written in a way that makes it hard to stop reading.
The characters, plots, settings flowed seamlessly that once I caught on that the chapter headings were nicknames for some of the characters (Jim, Jonesy, and James are all one character), I just flew through the story. I was so invested in the characters, rooting for them to find their ways—especially Chelsi and Danny—that I couldn’t put the book down. My emotions were all over the place!
Paul Linggood’s book ends on a hopeful note, where the characters finally figured out what to do. I don’t read books from UK authors nearly as often as I should, so it was a nice change of pace. I’m still thinking about this book even after reading. Just a Small Town is a solid 4.5 stars.
A special thank you to the author for gifting me a review copy!