This is the second novel I have read by this author and once again I was not disappointed. After reading When You Disappeared I had to try another of his books and whilst it was different to the first one I still enjoyed every minute of it. Although sometimes a little confusing with switching between present and past and lots of characters it doesn't take long to fall into step with this author's writing. Once again lots of twist and turns and overall just 'different'.
this is the second John Marrs novel I've read and he's my new favourite! well crafted, clever storytelling with compelling characters and a couple of twists I didn't see coming. I thoroughly recommend Welcome to Wherever You Are for its compassionate portrayal of some broken people who mostly find peace or some sort of resolution through their connections with others.
Absorbing and interesting to anyone who has been to Venice Beach. A bit convoluted and improbable in places. I kept trying to work out how all of the storylines would coalesce but they never did really.
Welcome to Wherever You Are is the first John Marrs book I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed his writing. You can tell he’s a really good storyteller. As there are 8 characters’ stories converging on a down and out hostel in LA, Marrs does almost the impossible—he weaves each of their stories, slowly revealing their hidden pasts (many of whom are running from one thing or another), into one fluid book, AND it makes sense, AND I never got confused. Not once did I have to write down the characters so I could keep up with the storyline. That alone makes him a wonder author in my mind.
The book is told from each one of the characters’ perspectives, and we get glimpses here and there of their backgrounds, all building up until we have the whole story of each and every one of the hostel cast. Some of their stories were predictable, one questionable if it was even relevant to the book, but some of them completely took me by surprise. WTWYA is one of those books that was so full of information that after I read the final page I had to sit and absorb it for a while. Overall, the book made me think of all the people out there and what their own personal stories might be. I guess you never know what a person might be hiding.
Cleverly meshing multiple stories in one LA hostel, John has written an engrossing and captivating mystery. All the characters have different reasons for running from something and the backstories and reveals are intriguingly woven into the narrative. His writing style is quirky and incisive, his characters believable - a good read!
A weaving of several storylines which impact on a group of characters who meet at the Venice Beach hostel. All the characters were memorable and had impressive storylines, so that I was glad to have the time to read in one sitting.