Thursday, 21 January 2016

Review & Giveaway: Six Lies by Ben Adams

Hello, Bookworms!
Delighted to be a part of the Blog Tour for SIX LIES by Ben Adams, the author of SIX MONTHS TO GET A LIFE, his debut book, which was the No: 1 Romantic Comedy seller in Amazon. Scroll down to read my review and try your luck for a chance to win an EBOOK OF SIX LIES. Sounds great, right? Do check it out!!!

Author: Ben Adams
Genre: Humour, Romance
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 280 Pages
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2015
Publishers: SilverWood Books
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How would you feel if, one day, you discovered everything you thought you knew about your family was a fabrication? Your mother wasn't your mother, your father was a liar and your whole upbringing was a sham. Confronted with this exact situation, Dave Fazackerley doesn't feel great. It doesn't help that he has just buried the woman he thought of as his mother. Or that his wife, his one true soulmate, recently jumped into bed with a librarian. Even his band, his only escape from reality, is going through a rough patch. How will Dave respond? Will he discover the truth about his family? Will his band ever play a gig again? More importantly, can Dave entice his wife back from the arms of the book-dork or will he take a chance on a new love?
I was going through a reading slump, the cliches had worn me out and I was looking for a different but interesting read. It was the title and the description of the book which drew me in towards it. SIX LIES. I expected it to be a story with lots and lots of humor in it and a brief glance through Author's profile and his previous work told me the same. And it's written by a male author. Oh yeah! it makes a difference. I have read many women's fiction novels, and I do know the way we view and observe life. Six Lies is written from a male author's perspective. So I was really into this, curious to view the life and all things related to it from a man's point of view.

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Dave Fazackerley is shaken after reading his late mother's letter, addressed to him. The shocking revelation says she was not her biological mother. He tries to push the truth to the back of his mind, unable to accept that the woman who cared and brought him up is not his Mother. Anyhow, he determines to find his real mother and seeks the truth from his Dad. Dave is also trying to win his wife back from the man, who has stolen her from him. He uncovers the truth, that were kept hidden from him throughout his life. SIX LIES revolves around Dave discovering the Lies and Secrets and how he copes with them.                                
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I liked Dave Fazackerley but I didn't love him. Liked him 'cause Dave wasn't a hero who rescued 1000 people from a sinking ship or a man who made a girl's dream come true to win her heart. But an ordinary human being, like you and me who wrestled with the troubles in life and managed to  keep up with them; but in a cheerful way. His wits will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud. Dave has a very different way of looking at things- he adds a tinge of humor to even the saddest event of his life. Not everyone can do that. Most of the characters I have known, let the problem take their spirit away from them and prefers to dwell in sadness. Ah! I always hate that. I also liked him when he stood up to make a difference in his life and decided not to repeat the mistake his father made. BUT HE COULDN'T as he chose the "safe" side for him. So I hated him. There were moments that made me feel he is a good man and some moments that made me think the opposite. Still, I don't dare to blame him, as I feel that I would have done the same if I were in his shoes.

Then, there are the supporting characters; Mom, Dad, Sue, Louise, Jeremy, Graham, Jason and more. I liked them all, especially Sue(biological mother) and Mom, the one who brought him up. Those two were strong and adorable characters. I liked them a lot. The whole settings made the story sound so original, including the characters and the course of events taking place in the book. The book is categorized under 'Fiction', but I felt it as reading it from someone's diary. "SO REAL". Got the point? Hmm... That was pretty good! 

Six Lies is an easy-to-read, quick, humorous and fast-paced story. By fast-paced I meant, too fast-paced. There were some parts, the author could have included a few more lines to describe the actions and reactions; like meeting his mom for the first time, winning back his wife, knowing he has a sibling etc. You can't describe the whole things in one or two lines. It failed to give me the feels!!! Or maybe, my mind is just comparing it with the women's fiction books, which gives the feels invariably. Still, I would have liked it more, if he didn't miss that important 'feelings' factors. Besides that, Six Lies is a really good book. Pick it up if you are looking for a fresh, quick, different, and realistic read! 
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About Ben Adams

Like a lot of people, Ben went to school, then college and eventually grew up and got a responsible job, a house and a family. And then his mid-life crisis kicked in.
Realizing that life was in danger of becoming all too serious, Ben started writing. Not in the way that Forrest Gump started running, but at least he started. He wrote on steamed up mirrors in the bathroom to make his children smile. Eventually, he graduated to making up stories to entertain his kids at bedtime.

For some reason, his boys didn't seem interested in his tales of everyday life, relationships, family, trauma, farce and the occasional bit of debauchery. They preferred JK someone or other.

Following his short-lived career as a children's author, Ben now concentrates on writing stories for grown-ups. He writes for people who have lived, loved, worked, strived and suffered - people like him. People like you.

Ben lives in southwest London with his two boys and Albus, his dog.

Happy Reading!