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In Beat the Rain, debut writer Nigel Jay Cooper can hold his head high for penning a moving and gripping read that stands up against the work of his best-selling peers.
Structured in a non-linear fashion with chapters told alternatively from Louise and Adam’s perspective, Beat The Rain is an unforgettable story of love and loss propelled by blockbuster twists.
At times humorous; at others downright tragic, it runs the full gamut of emotions that would be encountered in a relationship spinning dangerously out of control.
Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters and their grubby domestic lives, yet in a way that makes the reader care about what happens to them.
Haunting, touching and at times lyrical, Beat The Rain will undoubtedly draw comparisons with bestseller thrillers such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.
It sends you on an emotional ride that is equal parts rollercoaster and ghost train, and proves that a male author can dare to take on women’s fiction and succeed with aplomb. Love Reading (The UK’s most popular book review site)
Gripping storytelling from the very start, this book draws you in and keeps you engaged, often on the edge of your seat, right till the bittersweet end. Beat the Rain is a wonderfully written, fantastically pacey debut novel from an author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition and all its frustrating and often cruel twists and turns. The book is rich in characters, atmosphere and the element of surprise. It’s serious and often sad but also laugh-out-loud funny all at the same time. A touching and sensitive portrayal of the interconnected mess of everyday life and love. One of those reads that leaves you wanting more. Siobhan Kennedy, Channel 4 News
Intriguing, painfully honest and beautifully written. Nina De La Mer, author, 4.a.m and Layla
Emotional rollercoaster, psychological thriller – Beat the Rain ticks both these boxes for me. I was sucked in from the start. The sensitive characterization, level of observation and Nigel’s ability to not only touch on the plethora of issues that come from the train smash of life, death, family and relationships but also express so effectively the emotional highs and lows was compelling throughout. Absolutely compelling. Caroline Follett, daughter-in-law of author Ken Follett
Beat The Rain is an atmospheric and neatly paced first novel…a refreshingly honest intelligence at work. Charlotte Gann, poet, The Long Woman, Noir
This debut novel is so compelling and well-written – each element of the story is strategically placed. In fact, it’s one of the best novels of its kind that I have read in quite a long time. Beat the Rain makes the sometimes arduous task of “discovering literary gems” all worthwhile. I hope that Nigel Jay Cooper is working on another novel. He’s one author to keep an eye out for.
Jacqueline Jung, Book reviewer, Discovering Literary Gems
This debut novel by Nigel Jay Cooper is absolutely lovely and haunting. It’s a rare combination of page-turning psychological suspense and beautiful language. Beat the Rain opens with the death of Tom, twin brother of Adam and partner of Louise. Tom’s death was unexpected by everyone except Tom himself, so the main characters are both left untethered by loss. They marry, and life proceeds as normal, until it doesn’t. Narration alternates (mostly) between Louise and Adam, and I found Adam to be the more vividly-realized character. His voice is the more introspective, vulnerable, and thus more sympathetic. Cooper’s use of language is mesmerising, piercing and true. Pondering the functional alcoholic: “Functioning. Such a good word. So descriptive of their lives . . . So descriptive of a lot of people’s lives, he imagines. Functioning. All the moving parts doing what they should but nothing going on behind the scenes, no sparks, no real life.” And this little gem about small talk: “Maybe Adam had been hard on the woman, she’d probably only been making conversation. Except conversation is always laden with meaning and hidden truths and politics.” Beat the Rain is full of those hidden truths, small jewels that together create the mosaic of human experience, but an experience that is made beautiful by broken things. Note: Thanks to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rae Colley, Book Reviewer, Read This Y’all
This was a great book – lots of intrigue, great character exploration. The story is written in two viewpoints – Louise and Adam. Louise is a young woman with a sad family history – abandoned by her mom and then her dad died. She meets and falls in love with Tom, who also passes away. Enter Adam, Tom’s twin brother. They get together, both trying to fill a need left by so much loss and grief. But those are deep holes and therein lies the story. Are they enough for each other? Can they make it work? What I really loved about this book was the writing – there were so many beautiful phrases that just made you stop and take notice. And possibly apply them to your own life – be present, listen, don’t take things for granted. An amazing debut – looking forward to more from this author!
Sharon May, Book Reviewer, My Crazy Book Addiction
After starting off slow and already deciding I wasn’t enjoying this book Cooper managed to captivate me and pull me back into the story line. Louise and Adam’s lives seem almost predictable at first, after subconsciously filling in the rest of the plot line the shocks and surprises which Cooper writes were a pleasant surprise. The main, and arguably the most shocking part of the book made me put it down for a few minutes just to process what had just happened. Cooper’s writing to lead up to these twists were fantastic and I can’t wait to read another book by him. The main characters had happily switched their domestic roles, to Adam being the loving stay-at-home parent and Louise being the wage-earner in the household. This dynamic lead to Louise feeling like the odd one out within her family which then leads to meeting Jarvis. Although all 3 of these characters have very likable qualities, Cooper also ensures enough depth to show their flaws as well, and so the connection to them really enabled me to sympathize for them. I wouldn’t read this if you enjoy happy endings, although I found the ending to be eerily satisfying in relation to the story. This is a definite must read to anyone who enjoys a book to bring out emotions. If you want to get hold of this book then it’s being published on the 29th July 2016 in the UK. I’d rate this 4 out of 5 stars. *I received this e-book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to John Hunt Publishing.
Rebecca Armstrong, Book Reviewer, Urban Oracle
Compelling and compulsive. Sometimes you can’t beat the rain, you just have to get wet, and if you won’t communicate, then everyone around you gets soaked too. There are already so many rave reviews for ‘Beat the Rain’ that it is difficult to find anything new to say, however I enjoyed this book so enormously that I want to add a few thoughts. First, on the cover the book is described as a psychological thriller – this description nearly put me off reading it as I don’t like being frightened. But it isn’t frightening, not like the terrifying film, ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ for example. Not at all. It is a tense and intensely emotional portrayal of the deep-rooted insecurities vested in a child’s psyche by the sense of it not being worthy of being loved. Beat the Rain is a beautifully and compellingly written novel about the relationships of ordinary people – the sort of people we all know, or may think we know, but having read this book, do we? Cooper delves very deep into the psyches of his characters, and in so doing lays bare their innermost thoughts and unexpressed emotions exposing their every flaw and wrinkle. His observations of human frailties are so painfully honest I felt almost uncomfortable for some of the characters, in particular the ones who, through an inability to communicate, seem unable to beat the rain and are on course to get very wet indeed. Through Cooper’s skilful depiction of his main characters you may think you know them pretty well, but just when you think you can guess what they’ll do next, there is a twist as surprising as it is unexpected. Highly recommended.
Veryan Williams-Wynn, Goodreads
I would love to use something better than this worn-out cliché, but I’m tired today because of this book. So here goes, this really was an “emotional rollercoaster”. One moment I was thinking things are picking up for the protagonists, perhaps this won’t all go down the drain, the next moment it felt like I was being crushed, despairing, at the bleak bottom. And then there would be these really humorous scenes. That dinner party was hilarious. Beat The Rain is the story of a relationship that is gradually degenerating. Told from Louise’s and Adam’s perspectives, we learn right at the start that Louise’s boyfriend, Tom, has died. Tom was Adam’s twin brother. Louise and Adam get married. Not a spoiler, it’s in the book’s blurb. No further summary from me because the rest you will enjoy much more if you start reading this without knowing too much. ‘Enjoy’ may actually be the wrong word. This isn’t the light reading you want to pick up for leisurely days on a sun lounger. In fact, if you’re feeling sad or discontent with life, this may not be the best book to pick up at that moment. Also, if you need likable characters, forget it. Now I’m making this sound as if I wouldn’t recommend this book. Not at all. This book is going to stay with me. The amazing thing is when I started this, I was expecting to read something different. To be honest, there were moments in the first half of the book when I thought about throwing in the towel and moving on. But this is a book you need to stick with. By the time Jarvis was introduced, about halfway through the book, I knew I couldn’t put it down. Hence, feeling slightly tired today. This is a wonderfully insightful look at relationships covering themes such as loss and grief, parenthood, mental health and our preconceived ideas about what should and what shouldn’t. I really loved the way how the author showed by means of the male and the female perspectives that two people can experience the same thing in completely different ways, thus creating two different versions of the truth. It was so frustrating. I don’t know how many times I shouted at these characters to start bl**dy listening and to talk to each other. There were several times when I thought I could predict what Louise or Adam were going to do, and each time, Mr. Cooper surprised me. The ending didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Usually, I would whine about that. In this case, it was actually the icing on the cake. Even taking into account my struggle with the first half of this book, which jumped about too much for me, I’m going to have to give this the full stars. This is a debut novel. Nigel Jay Cooper is a writer to keep on your radar. He is extremely perceptive and knows how to create a unique and painfully honest story. Thanks to John Hunt Publishing for granting me access to an ARC via NetGalley.
Petra Ayling, Goodreads
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. This book. Woah. Maybe it is because I am at the phase in life when everyone I know is getting married, having babies, or even getting divorced… but this book hits you in the feelers. I’m almost left speechless because the story swirled me up and spit me out. I’m sitting here thinking of alternate endings, but they wouldn’t work. Glad I read this book.
Katherine Paxton, Goodreads
Thank you to Netgalley, Nigel Jay Cooper, and the publishers for letting me read an advance copy of this book. Really – thank you! Beat The Rain was not what I expected at all. Not from the cover, and not from the synopsis. I’ve read a few psychological thrillers recently and before too long they all blur into one. Similar story line and similar characters, so I had put off reading this one because I was becoming a bit bored of the genre in general. But I wouldn’t class Beat The Rain as a psychological thriller at all. I don’t know what I would class it as if I’m being honest. It doesn’t really fall into one category but it is a masterpiece in whatever genre you want to place it. The characters are laid bare for the reader, they are so authentic and honest. I felt a connection with each of them which made the book all the more heart wrenching. After a few chapters it felt like I was reading about friends I knew were headed straight for a train wreck and I couldn’t stop it. Nor could I stop reading. I had Jarvis figured out quite early on, well – the part that Adam learned about him, not the bit Louise learned – that was a big shocker! And I figured out the interlude a few chapters before the end. But again, that just made it harder, because I was watching B this slow rumble of an earthquake that I knew was going to tear everyone apart, I was only a spectator. In terms of the writing, how beautiful. Some of the passages in this book are the type of thing you see on a huge canvas on people’s walls. Nigel Jay Cooper is such a talented writer and uses his secret power (those amazing, psychological passages) sparingly. Which means that you aren’t being overwhelmed with metaphors and “flowery language” for the entire book (which then loses its beauty). Instead you get to read a book in plain English, and every once in a while the beauty of the writing just comes out of the page and wraps itself around you. That was one of the highlights for me. As for the general story line. What can I say? Read it. It’s gripping, and normal, and you can’t put it down. What a fantastic book that reminds you that sometimes you ARE going to get wet. (Read it – you’ll understand that last sentence).
Lianne Barrington-Waters, Goodreads
All the other reviewers have discussed the plot at length, so let me comment on other aspects of the book. I think that it would be a wonderful title to assign a class to show sexuality and fluidity in a compelling, visceral way. The characters are complex and very believable; almost anyone who is partnered will identify with the marital fight scenes! It’s a beautifully written book, too, with a propulsive can’t-put-down narrative, and cinematic-it begs to be made into a film (publisher: pursue these rights!). Highly recommended! Can’t wait for Cooper’s next book.
Wendy Clark, Columbia University (educator)
This book will break your heart. If you can’t handle intense emotions, stay away from it. Without trying to give much of the story away and avoiding repeating the blurb, one of the things I liked the most about the story is how Nigel Jay Cooper takes a challenging risk in this novel. He dares to reverse the traditional roles in a marriage and explores the different struggles parenthood can bring to a couple, and to each spouse. He goes deep in character development and introspection under both perspectives. Are we sick people if we can’t instantly love our children? Does a man become weak and ordinary by taking a domestic duty? What about our sex drive and needs?Perhaps my biggest challenge was to set my preconceived ideas aside and allow the characters to be without my judgment; to be a silent witness of the hopes and sorrows of these flawed people. Grief and loss are perhaps the main themes of the story. But so is hope, and trust, and acceptance. The plot is intriguing, and it won’t let go. The story is told parts by Louise, parts by Adam. There are also several interludes. Each interlude reveals a bit more of the inevitable end, and I couldn’t find the willpower to stop reading. The story comes with unexpected and original twists, and I loved them. Brilliant! I didn’t think there was any power in the world that could keep me away from watching a fresh, “out of the oven” episode of Game of Thrones. That was until last night when I couldn’t stop reading this book. I had the urgency to know how the story ended. It was a desperate crave. Who cares if Jon Snow lives? I needed to know what happened to Louise, Adam and Jarvis. It couldn’t wait. I wanted to phone Cooper and demand explanations. That’s how emotionally involved I became. Insane! All I’ve done today is tell my friends they need to read the book so we can talk about it. You will need someone to discuss this story. It certainly makes an excellent bookclub selection! I received an ARC through NetGalley and Roundfire Books in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!
Michelle Downs, Goodreads
An indication of a terrific book is the inability to put it down, coupled with the need to tell *everyone* about it. Truly heartbreaking but with moments of wonderfully light humour. I feel wrung out! Cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy two copies & give one to a friend so you can talk about it as soon as you’ve finished. You will need to! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
Emma Dallos, Goodreads
A wonderfully written novel with a captivating end. As soon as you thought you knew where the story was going, your ideas were quickly turned on their head and you were sent off in a different direction, continually finding your preconceptions challenged. A riveting read that was difficult to put down.
Maureen Forbes, NetGalley reviewer
First of all, let me say that I would give this book 6 stars if I could! It touched me in ways I can’t even explain and it changed me (how, I’m not sure) for the better. When Louise marries her dead husband’s twin brother, Adam, we may think we can guess how the story will unfold. But we can’t possibly see the outcomes that await! It’s told in beautiful prose and explores so many issues: grief, love, guilt, sorrow, desire….all the while examining what it means to be a human with all the flaws with which we are born or maybe acquire. It gives us many insights into the rich tapestry of marriage and how it can ebb and flow. It is at one both breathtaking and heartbreaking. This is a novel that will stay with me for a long time. It is, quite simply a lovely book!
Anne Foster, NetGalley
I would recommend this book highly, and look forward to seeing more of the author’s work in future. I was invested in these characters from the very beginning; the pacing was good and dialogue well written. You are really able to put yourself in the shoes of Louise, Tom, and Adam straight from the opening pages. What follows is an emotional rollercoaster as you follow what seems to be quite ordinary life. About halfway through the book I realised this psychological thriller was not all that it seemed, and by the time certain truths are revealed I knew that this was a book unlike any I’ve read for quite a long time. I think what makes this story so compelling is how skillfully the author has realised his protagonists. The problems they face are problems that many of us face, every single day. Whilst their responses are sometimes fantastical, for the most part I could feel a terrible lot of empathy for each one. Adam, who has lost someone close to him, struggling with self identity and self medicating substance abuse. Louise, dealing with a tricky childhood and her own loss plus the restlessness that can come from long term established relationships and motherhood. Even the secondary characters here are fun, because who of us doesn’t have an awful Imogen hanging around? For a debut, I thought this was a really solid work of fiction. Occasionally there were some oversights in editing that let the writing down, such as recycled passages or words. In my opinion there were also some story threads that could have been left out entirely to strengthen the flow of the book, but these are small criticisms and it doesn’t detract from the imaginative plot from a first time novelist.
Cate Howard, NetGalley, Amazon
An intriguing and captivating story with many twists and a totally unexpected ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Cedric Crichton , NetGalley
I don’t remember the last time I read a book in two sittings. It was only because I had an urgent thing to do that I didn’t read it all in one go. It’s a story about people who are like people you know, with all the same hangups, lack of communication, irritating and lovable habits. I did want to shout at them a few (lot of) times, but I could understand exactly why they couldn’t speak about the important things at the right time. The style is compelling, with the ‘interludes’ keeping you guessing (well, kept me guessing anyway). I wasn’t sure which character was talking until the last one, and then I hoped so much I was wrong! Looking forward to the next book……
Janice Dykes, Amazon Customer Review
Gripping storytelling from the very start and impossible to put down. An excellent read with lots of twists and turns to keep you engaged. Highly recommended.
A F Avella, Amazon Customer Review
I could not put this book down. So cleverly written with twists and turns that keep you turning the page. The characters are intriguing. I’ve never read a book where I’ve disliked most of them! I laughed and cried. A totally wonderful read which I thoroughly recommend!
Amazon Customer Review
I didn’t know quite what to expect from the title or the cover but I was hooked from the start and I found it hard to put this book down. The author writes beautifully, his language is so articulate and descritptive, his observations really clever however it is not unneccessarily wordy-no fluff here. Cooper throws you right in from the start. I thought I was reading a very sad tale about a slighlty disfunctional couple however I was totally wrong. Every page feels like something totally unexpected happens and slaps you right in the face! Wow, I did not see that coming at all…………….or that……………….or that! There is a twist around every corner. I did want to scream at some of the characters! I felt like I knew them all and wished I could help them get out of their spiraling mess. Quite heart breaking at times. Actually I wanted to hit one of characters, she is such a bitch. The dinner party! Laugh out loud! Brilliantly written. I can see a mini series in the making! I would defo recommend this book and I will be buying it for all my girlfriends.
Kimley Elliot, Amazon Customer Review
This was an amazing read and a real page turner! The depth of the characters involved and Nigel’s understanding of their needs and complexities is compelling and makes you wonder about what human beings are all about Beautifully written and paced, it takes you constantly up and down, I did not see many of the twists coming, this books draws you in and does not let you go. Really looking forward to Nigel’s next book.
Amazon Customer Review
Nigel Jay Cooper’s ability to crawl inside these characters and examine the complexities of their tragic, deceptive and sometimes banal lives with such delicacy, humour and, dare I say it, authenticity, demonstrates a keen understanding of human frailty, in all it’s guises. I’m frustrated by them and care deeply about them, I find myself calling out; I wish they could hear me plead with them. These people could be my neighbours, they could be my friends… Perhaps that’s why Beat The Rain is so bloody captivating, there is so much resonance, we’ve all made these mistakes, and we see ourselves in the story, we hear ourselves in the exchanges; this stuff really gets under your skin, because it’s so recognisable. This is the kind of novel that invites us to be intrigued about relationships and opens our eyes to the mysteries of human connection. Why we fall in love, why we fall out of love, why we get to the places we get to, and why we can’t see the wood for the trees; why we are. It’s rare to find an author whose writing can bring death, marriage and kids to such emotional heights without it feeling melodramatic, but he’s nailed it and I can’t wait to read his next novel.
Amazon Customer Review
A gritty debut novel, but also interspersed with humour. Takes you on a roller coaster journey with the characters & an unexpected twist at the end – read it almost in one go! Five stars.
Philippa Harvard-Taylor, Amazon Customer Review
Beat the Rain is a thoroughly compelling read! The fluid writing style and intriguing storyline make this an easy book to digest in one sitting. Covering some very powerful subjects and delving deep into the human psyche, this is a sometimes dark read, but balanced nicely by a subtle level of humour. Whilst some of the characters are not altogether likeable and some of their actions questionable, the complexity of their situations and personalities mean it’s more than them simply being unpleasant or selfish. The author provides a sensitive insight into each of their worlds, enabling the reader to develop a sense of empathy that the ordinary bystander would not. The pace of the novel works well; the structure and series of events maintain a satisfying level of interest throughout and the unexpected twists are superbly delivered! I’m excited to see what comes next!
Amazon Customer Review
I finished Beat the rain 2 days ago, the last two days have been a period of mourning, what a exhilarating, emotional, thought provoking, brilliant read. I’m not very good at words so can’t articulate effectively, five stars sums it up.
Lou Miller, Amazon customer review
Beat the Rain is Nigel Jay Cooper’s debut novel, and what an auspicious start to what will be an undoubtedly successful writing career. It’s hard to say exactly what this book is about without giving too much away, so–read the book synopsis for plot details and I will share with you some of the great writing that’s in this book. There’s this: “Perhaps that’s how all relationships end, not with a bang but with the accumulation of millions of tiny moments that matter, going unnoticed by one partner or the other because life gets in the way. And then one day you both stop trying to make the other one notice anymore. And that’s it, the slow death is in motion. The rest is entropy.” And this: “I can see things with such clarity now, such useless, blinding clarity. But what’s the point in that now? Knowledge isn’t always powerful. Sometimes, it’s just heart-breaking.” And this: “I am my own narrator. Memory is an artist, an impressionist. She adds colour, sound, smell and emotion to events at her whim. She adds, subtracts and embellishes until the event she started documenting is quite unrecognisable to the others who also experienced it, but at the same time, is more truthful to the owner of the memory. There is no reality. There are only impressions of past events, made by a million selves, all interacting with each other, vying for superiority. Reality doesn’t exist, perhaps in the end, that’s my only truth.” There’s so many great passages like that throughout the book; simply exquisite and thought-provoking writing. The only problem I had with the book is that sometimes I felt that the characters did things for no good reason, they were unrealistic and just didn’t make sense. Still, this is a great book and I highly recommend it. Thank you to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Kristina Byington, Goodreads, Advance Reader Copy (NetGalley)
Emotional to say the least! A fantastic journey of relationships and emotions with a surprising twist. Fantastic read.
Donna Barnes, Goodreads review
Louise is grieving the death of her husband Tom. Tom has a twin brother called Adam letting go off her past is not easy and she thinks that by marring Adam it will make her pain go away. This is a phycological thriller which is both heartbreaking and funny. This book is not for people who can’t cope with raw emotion as it will pull at your heartstrings. I would like to thank Net Galley, John Hunt Publishing and the author Nigel Jay Cooper for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Louise Wilson, NetGalley Advance Reader Review
Beat the Rain is one of those books you think about for days after finishing. A beautifully written, compelling story with believable yet flawed characters about whom you really care, I didn’t want it to end because I didn’t want to say goodbye. Touching, thought provoking and, at times bleak, this book draws you in and doesn’t let go.
Kirsty Baxter Smith, Amazon Customer Review
Its so rare to find a book with the perfect blend of gorgeous writing and ridiculously compelling storyline – this novel got it spot on! Brilliant!
Rebecca Symington, Amazon customer review
Unusual, fascinating, I read this book in my lunch hours at work and had to drag myself away each time, I did not see the twist coming at all. I found the characters interesting especially the twin dynamics. The author has a unique understanding of all the different layers in human relationships… I thoroughly recommend this book, it would be great for any book group discussion and look forward to his next one.
Lorraine, Amazon Customer Review
I received an free advanced reader’s copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I truly haven read a book of this magnitude in quite some time, if ever. While it is very emotional, humor is thrown in at the right moments. Nigel Jay Cooper is definitely an author to keep tabs on as he has a superb gift in writing. Amazing story, extraordinary book.
Tonya M. Aplin , Netgalley
A tale to pluck ones heartstrings. Emotionally wrought… Told from “his” and “her” sides of a tumultuous relationship/marriage. Didn’t want to put it down yet I found myself reading it from between my fingers as though I were watching a scary movie.
Karen S, NetGalley
I enjoyed the honest look of this marriage between Louise and Adam. It really showed how we accept each other and how often we also overlook our partner. 4 stars. Thank you Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lea Wyllie, NetGalley Advance Reader Review
A wonderful read, emotional, funny and surprising. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen, Cooper wrong-footed me. Truly captivating – sad and even heartbreaking in parts, the author deftly brings in humour at just the right moments to lighten to mood. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed reading something as much as this novel – original and genuinely moving, with something to say to all of us about how we live our lives.
DeLoop, Amazon Customer Review
Gripping from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. I laughed and cried and then cried again. Best book I’ve read in a very long time.
Amazon customer review
You know you’ve hit on a great book when you can’t shake the characters out of your head, and you find yourself thinking about them when you should be doing something else. Beat the Rain does exactly that. The writing is beautiful – there are some sections where I wished it would never end. But there’s something else that made me love it so much – it’s a rare talent that can take on the ordinary subject of life in a long term, grown up relationship and cast a light deep into the realities of what that really means for the two people involved, how it affects you and the people around you, and what happens when you go off-course. There’s a deep compassion in the voice of the author, and the bleaker moments are interspersed with some properly laugh out loud bits where you can’t quite believe someone just said what they did. If you’ve been in a long term relationship, or find yourself in one now wondering what on earth you’re doing, I’d say read this.
Amazon Customer Review
I could hardly put this book down. Deliciously full of raw emotion, sometimes funny and often very sad. I loved that I didnt really ” like” any of the characters which made them interesting and made me want to know more about them. It is very refreshing to discover such an original and intriguing novel. Am hoping Nigel Jay Cooper writes another one!
K. Rogers, Amazon Customer Review
Darn BEAT THE RAIN for making me feel too many feelings. Bleak, unapologetically honest, and filled with shocking plot twists, this isn’t one for those looking for an easy breezy summer read. Don’t get me wrong, I mean that in the best way possible. The characters were all very clever, in that you can’t help but empathize with them despite not being able to like them. The writing was beautiful, with every line sounding ‘quotable’, and always kept me engaged. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, but I can’t elaborate without spoiling! Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes gritty and emotional realistic fiction. **I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway**
Maria Johnson, Goodreads
After reading the synopsis of this book, I thought I knew what to expect. After a chapter or two, I told myself I understood where the author was taking me. Time and again, I settled in for the ride only to fall flat on my face, breathless… With each page, the question…should I believe? If so, whom? What? Regarding any advice to the reader of this novel…a mysterious character says it best, “Don’t try to beat the rain. Just accept that sometimes you’re going to get wet.” Intrigued? Mystified? Ah, then you’re in the right mood to pick up this book. And let this debut author redefine the fine art of deception.
Mollie Gates, Goodreads
What a surprising book. It was totally different to what I was expecting to read and yet it works. The story centres around Louise and Adam after the death of Adams brother. If you are hoping to have likable characters you will be disappointed they are not especially so Louise. The slow unfolding of her back story really held my attention. This is not an uplifting book but hang in there, it is well worth the read. This is a first novel by Nigel Jay Cooper an author I am sure we will be seeing more of.
Joanne Farley, NetGalley
Terrific tale (I must get out more if all of that is going on in Brighton!) and wonderfully well written. Bravo!
Guy Dudney, Amazon customer review
Refreshingly original. This is a truly entertaining novel. Such mature writing with powerful observations of characters and human nature. All the elements are in abundance for a cracking page turner – plus it’s a unique story too.
R Piatt, Amazon customer review
Intense and thoughtful, charming and funny, this beautifully written book kept me guessing at every turn of the page. With characters so perfectly flawed that they are easily relatable, I was drawn into an emotional journey alongside these people that I grew to care about. And when a talented writer gives you characters you love, it’s impossible to put the book down until you know how their story ends! Wonderful debut novel, a gripping read and highly recommended. I can’t wait for the next one!
Claire Dixon, Amazon customer review
Gripped me from the start, I couldn’t put the book down. The characters were fantastically ordinary but developed in the most interesting and unexpected ways. The storyline was written so well that it made the most unacceptable events become completely acceptable. Really, really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait for the next one.
E L Ham, Amazon customer review
From the first chapter I wanted to know…what the hell was happening to this woman? I wasn’t even sure I liked her, but I gave a shit, I really cared about how she would get through her experience. I felt uneasy and uncomfortable and I couldn’t stop… Nigel Jay Cooper’s characters feel like people you know, or at least people you thought you knew. Their stories are those of human kind; complex, fragile, deceptive, darkly funny…and real. I’d not had much chance to read since having my baby but this book reinvigorated my passion for reading. Can’t wait for Cooper’s next book, or perhaps for the rights to be picked up for Beat the Rain, I’d love to see this on screen… Advance Reader Copy in exchange for honest review.
Sam McCarthy, Goodreads
What did I think? I think I really enjoyed this read. Nigel has the words that’s for sure, and he has stories too. No-one but Adam was likeable to me but I still rooted for them all, I wanted a happy ending..please,please sugar coat this ending for me Nigel, I thought..Obviously i cant say here whether he did or not, but ether way nothing is a disappointment. A few things that brought it down a star for me..I felt it a good bit to long and the lives as they unfolded to separated, I kept thinking that, wowsa, Mr. Nigel could have got 3 good books out of this one story: I want to read all about Tom and Louise and the ending would have been where Adam came in. A book about Louise, her background and what then happens when she meets Jarvis. A book about Adam and his marriage to Louise and then meeting Jarvis. Well worth a read though this one and I will no doubt read his next one.
Malou Schött, Goodreads
This book takes you on Louise’s journey after the death of her lover. How does she survive? How can life go on? Even going outside on a trip to the post office is so very gut-wrenching for her. Tom, her lover, her best friend, her confidant is dead. What can she do without him to make her feel whole and happy? She decides to marry, not just any man, but Tom’s twin. Don’t want to give to much away. Suffice it to say this book will make you laugh, cry, and reflect on what life really is all about.
Annette Bjorkman, NetGalley
Just finished Beat the Rain by Nigel Cooper and can safely say I absolutely loved it…had that dilemma with all great books of wanting to find out what happens but not wanting to finish reading it, all the main characters flawed but identifiable with and some real twists and turns of fate which didn’t see coming..themes of loss, love and betrayal and some quotes which really rang true.Recommended for book clubs everywhere as plenty to discuss.. Pre order on Amazon now, you won’t regret it.
Katie MacFarlane, Goodreads
This got me hooked from the very first page and kept interested till the last. A wonderful read with an unexpected ending, I would highly recommend it.
Natasha Edwards, NetGalley
I loved this book! It’s intriguing, original and has a great twist.The characters are all interesting , made even more so because none of them turned out to be particularly likeable. Beat the Rain is both dark and funny at times which is a great combination.Fabulous first novel which I thoroughly recommend. Nigel Jay Cooper is clearly a very talented new author and I hope he writes more!
Kate Rogers, Goodreads
This novel slowly builds up its believable protagonists, with their strengths, flaws, and eccentricities. We gradually become attached to them as the tragic tale unfolds. I recommend immersing yourself into this book, if you like a good drama with credible characters.
Andrew Cairns, Amazon Customer Review
I never write reviews but felt passionate about Beat The Rain. Wow! What a read…what an emotional journey… compelling, unexpected and captivating. Beautifully written. Can highly recommend this book… loved it! Can’t wait to see more from this author.
Amazon Customer Review
A well done debut novel. The more so since it is a male author writing primarily within a female character without minimizing the depth of her emotions.
Robin Merman , Net Galley
This story was well written. The way the family dynamic starts and builds to the end is something married people can understand. For instance, you might my little tired of your husband but you still love him. The main characters in the story are sad but you as a reader you feel for the family.
Billy Jean Williams, NetGalley
This book was well written, and I found it refreshing that a male author could actually write a female part so well. Many men really simplify a woman’s brain and how we think and I think this author captured a real woman very well. Impressive! For a debut novel it’s an admirable job, and he doesn’t seem to fall into any of the traps that new writers seem to – stunted or uncomfortable dialogue, repetition, or premature endings as if they are eager to finish the book without going through the entire story. The dialogue is well written and realistic, the story is complete and he trusts us to remember the story without telling it repeatedly. (Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for honest review).
Kerry Clair, Goodreads
Wow!!!!!!This book is amazing!!!This book gripped my attention from the very beginning. I love the different twists , and couldn’t believe the surprise ending!!! Just amazing!!! I am looking forward to the next book by this author. This is a must read! I will be referring all of my friends and family!!!! ~
Ilissa Nelsen, Net Galley
“I loved reading this. It’s some of the most moving and vulnerable writing I’ve read in a long time, searingly honest and I found myself going back to re-read certain passages again and again.”
This is one of my favourite books I’ve read in a long time. Be prepared because once you start, it’s one of those stay-awake-all-night-til-you-finish-it books. And you’ll be glad you did. The storyline had me hooked from the start, but what makes this such a rare find is how the author captures the day to day minutiae inside a relationship that could so easily be our own. This insight into what’s going on around us, at times heart-wrenching and other times very funny, leaves you feeling glad to be human and alive. I found myself re-reading passages just to remind myself of the beauty that lies in those seemingly ordinary moments we can so easily brush aside. Highly recommend it.
C. Copestake, Goodreads
“I really loved the depth of feeling – raw emotions and honesty. It’s very emotive and most importantly for me, you write characters I care about. That’s what keeps me reading a book.”
I read a review copy of Beat The Rain…Wow, an emotional roller coaster with some unexpected twists. Raw, painful emotions laid bare. Some parts made me laugh out loud, others cringe as it dawned what was coming. Oh how I loved the dinner party, everyone knows an ‘Imogen’… And an ‘Alice’ for that matter too. I wait with baited breath for your next book.
Clare Seel, Goodreads