“Hannah” is a very good book. It is reminiscent of chick-lit, without actually being of that category. In fact, it reminds one a French film, where perhaps not much action happens, but a deep insight into human nature is still conveyed.
The characters feel both plausible and real.
The story is about so much more than just the return of lost love. It’s about family and friends, personal interaction and dwells on what might lie beneath the surface of a successful facade.
The author uses both past and present to build a complete picture.
“Hannah” is unpredictable, and the story is character driven from first page to last. Nevertheless, it has the ability to hold your attention.
And it has a wonderful ending that completes the story in a satisfactory manner, while also allowing for more …
This is a real page turner, and it is at all times exceptionally beautifully written. It is almost impossible to put down, and the story contains several unexpected twists.
I had not expected such a wonderful and emotional novel.
This is a very compelling and emotional tale of family secrets. And a book I highly recommend, perhaps especially for those who enjoy family dramas.
Nick Alexander has with “Hannah” not only written a very good and entertaining novel, but also a book that will get the reader to reflect on their own choices in life.”
On the surface, The Case of The Missing Boyfriend appears to be a classic ‘chick lit’ tale of a thirty-something woman looking for love but it’s actually an in depth look at lead character CC’s life over the course of a year as she copes with the ups and downs thrown at her. As the novel started, CC reminded me very much of a cross between Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw; she lives and parties in London, has a successful and glamorous career in advertising, owns her own flat and has a fabulous gang of gay male friends to keep her entertained and a couple of close female friends to put things in perspective.
More here: http://www.onemorepage.co.uk/index.php/2013/02/book-review-the-case-of-the-missing-boyfriend-by-nick-alexander/
Frothyreads.com reviews The Half-Life Of Hannah.
“This exceeded my expectations, such a nuanced, well-written tale. All the characters are well thought out, and the surprises along the way (which I didn’t see coming) make it unputdownable once you’ve got into it.”
Kindle Book Review reviews The Half-Life Of Hannah.
“I loved the characters Hannah, Jill and Tristan. I thought that all of the characters were well developed and it was a thoroughly engaging story. This book also addresses some serious issues, it does it tastefully but also raises awareness to the reader.I loved this and I can not wait to read more of this author’s books. I have rated The Half Life of Hannah 5 stars.”
“The Case of the Missing Boyfriend is a bittersweet, bang-up-to-date take on the eternal quest for love. CC is a compulsively likeable Everywoman, part Doris Day, part Bridget Jones, her life laid bare with Nick Alexander’s trademark mix of forensic detail and warm-hearted comedy.” – Rupert Smith (author of Man’s World).
“After charming readers in recent years with a series of winsomely eccentric gay-centric romances, Alexander expands his storytelling reach with an engaging crossover twist – the character missing a boyfriend is female ad executive CC, adored by colourful gay pals while yearning for a certain Mr. Right. By turns comic and dramatic, this deft novel will delight readers both queer and otherwise.” – Richard Labonte, Book Marks
“Deceptively simple prose effortlessly morphs from comedy to tragedy to searing interior monologue. A book that will appeal not only to women, it will also strike hard at the hearts of gay men and all of their friends. At last here is a book that gives readers what they want and deserve – chic lit with intelligence.” – Alex Hopkins, Out There Magazine.
“Is it just my imagination, or are Nick Alexander’s novels getting darker? They’re certainly getting better, and considering the high standard and huge popularity of his first, that’s no mean feat. This isn’t just a great piece of gay fiction. It’s a great book, period.” – Paul Burston, author of The Gay Divorcee
“Sleight of Hand is novelist Nick Alexander’s latest volume following the life of the now beloved character Mark. It is a tender,deeply moving portrait of what it means to be gay in the twenty-first century. Alexander has looked beyond stereotypical representations of sexuality, both gay and straight, to show us the infinite possibilities of what love, family and belonging truly mean. It re-imagines the boundaries of gay fiction and inspires us to re-evaluate our lives. A subtle, deeply moving examination of the ways we can re-imagine our lives.” – Alex Hopkins, Out There magazine
“Sleight of Hand is novelist Nick Alexander’s latest volume following the life of the now beloved character Mark. It is a tender, deeply moving portrait of what it means to be gay in the twenty-first century. Alexander has looked beyond stereotypical representations of sexuality, both gay and straight, to show us…the infinite possibilities of what love, family and belonging truly mean. It re-imagines the boundaries of gay fiction and inspires us to re-evaluate our lives. A subtle, deeply moving examination of the ways we can re-imagine ourselves.” – Out There magazine
“Is it just my imagination, or are Nick Alexander’s novels getting darker? They’re certainly getting better, and considering the high standard and huge popularity of his first, that’s no mean feat. This isn’t just a great piece of gay fiction. It’s a great book, period.” – Paul Burston, author
“Funny, smart and sharp; Alexander works with snappy dialogue and the wonderfully subtle interplay of relationships between gay men, their ex’s and their women friends. Two men, one Colombian one British, give each other what they (think) they want and how that impacts on their lives in a slow lunatic descent of madcap plotting and honest exploring of the limits of honesty, desire and trust. It’s laugh out loud funny and might make you cry too. Set in Colombia, London and Brighton, this book is fun with a capital F. EP. (Gscene Magazine)
Here’s a summary of reviews received by Better Than Easy.
Richard Labonte – Books To Watch Out For
“Can love last? Can gay men find domestic contentment? Alexander asks and answers pesky questions central to the homo condition in this perceptive, entertaining novel that showcases his warm wit, his wry insight, and his commendable knack for crafting queer characters with real dimension. Gay fiction doesn’t get much better than Better Than Easy.” Continue reading
David Llewellyn – Time Out London, June 7th 2007
Question: when is a collection of short stories not a collection of short stories? Answer: when it’s a novel. And when is a novel not a novel? When it’s a collection of short stories.
Nick Alexander’s 13:55 Eastern Standard Time is one of those books. It belongs to a genre in both literature and film for which, as far as I know, there is no name. It follows in the footsteps of Shortcuts, Magnolia and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s morbidly titled Death Trilogy, in that it weaves together a tapestry of multiple narratives and characters through chance meetings and meaningful confidences. Continue reading