I bought the book when it first came out as an ebook (as opposed to the hardcopy) and really enjoyed it, which surprised me, since I am not a fan of shopping centres and the book is largely set inside one. However, the quirky characters and storyline drew me in and I particularly liked the way Adele handled atmosphere – very dark in places transitioning to light in others, and capturing that feeling of suspension of real life that only seems to happen in malls and airports.
Here’s the plot synopsis from the publisher website, where, if you prefer your books in paper and ink, you can order a paperback:
When homeless 19-year-old Mel steps into the Greenvale Shopping Centre she’s only looking for a warm place to spend a cold London December. But behind its glittering displays the Greenvale hides dark corridors and each person who crosses Mel’s path is about to be drawn in.
Mel’s arrival sets in motion an unstoppable chain of events that will have a life-changing effect on anyone who gets close to her.
There’s no privacy in the Greenvale, where technology reveals everything except for the identity of who is watching who.
It’ll be interesting to see how the promotion affects the book’s ranking on the Amazon chart – I know that a Kindle promotion worked well in April for Fiona Robyn’s The Most Beautiful Thing. I’ll be reading The Poet at the Bus Stop to find out how Adele gets on.