Top positive review
Clever, compelling and entertaining
5 March 2017
Leo Plumb is in his forties, he's divorced and is free as a bird. He likes drinking and doing drugs and he doesn't mind driving when he's under influence This results into an accident and unfortunately he isn't alone, there's a nineteen-year-old waitress next to him in the car. Leo is being sent to rehab and his family pays for his mistake. How dearly becomes clear when his brother Jack and sisters Beatrice and Melody learn about the status of The Nest. The Nest is their inheritance, which they are supposed to receive soon. What will happen to them when there's hardly anything left to inherit?
Jack has borrowed a lot of money to keep his business afloat, knowing there would be a hefty sum to pay it off. He can lose everything he holds dear because of Leo's mistake. Melody has two daughters she wants to send to college and she lives in a house she and her husband can't afford. Beatrice could use another successful book, Leo has always been her inspiration, but can she still use him for it? What has Leo done to his siblings and why did the idea of the comfort The Nest could bring them make them take unnecessary risks?
The Nest is an impressive story about four siblings and their families. The Plumb siblings had a sensible father who made a lot of money and put some of it in a trust for his children, making sure they'd receive it at a later age because according to him they weren't deserving enough before. Leo used to be a successful businessman and Beatrice used him as an inspiration for the stories that brought her fame. Jack and Melody need the money from The Nest to help them out of the difficult financial positions they've maneuvered themselves in. They made a few unwise decisions and therefore their situations are critical. Money plays an important part in their lives and Leo has squandered their way out. Is this fair and is he willing to make amends and help his siblings to raise the money they need? Is Leo someone they can count on? I absolutely loved that question and couldn't imagine what his siblings were thinking half of the time. I was intrigued by the way the family dynamics work and couldn't wait to see what Leo would or wouldn't do in the end.
The Nest is psychologically interesting. What's the effect of the idea there will be money to clean up any mess you make, is it fair that an entire inheritance meant for four people will be spent on one person and what are the consequences of counting on money that isn't a hundred percent sure thing? Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney has written a thought-provoking novel about a terrific topic with fascinating main characters. Leo influences everyone he comes into contact with, but in what way? I couldn't wait to see how he would react on everything he's being accused of, what kind of stunts he'd pull off next and what he would do to find a way out of the tricky situations he always manages to find himself in. I really enjoyed reading about him. His actions and resolutions are fantastic reading material. The Plumb family is fabulously dysfunctional and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's beautiful intelligent writing kept me captivated from beginning to end. The Nest is a brilliant entertaining, clever and compelling novel.