One Brother Shy by Terry Fallis

I finally got my hands on Terry Fallis‘ new book, One Brother Shy, about two weeks ago (roughly before I left for my Japan trip). I brought it along with me on the airplane thinking that I would be able to read (and finish) it on the long flight. But, alas, the in-flight movies deterred me from doing so. I watched Beauty and the Beast,  Because I Love You (Korean movie), Boss Baby, and Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi. So, needless to say, that left no time for reading despite how excited I was to read Fallis’ most recent work.

Few people know the real Alex MacAskill. Most of the world sees a painfully and chronically shy software engineer in his mid-20s, soft-spoken, a bit of a loner, and someone easy to escape notice wherever possible—and that’s just the way Alex wants it. Because no matter how many years have passed, the incident known only as “Gabriel” in the MacAskill family is something that still haunts him.

But when his mother, one of the only people in the world who Alex felt comfortable as himself around, dies after a long illness, he suddenly has no choice but to face the very thing that he’s been avoiding since that night in high school. In an instant, Alex finds himself trying to piece together the mystery of his identity, and on a search for parts of his family he never knew existed—a search that takes him from Ottawa to London to Moscow, encountering along the way the KGB, painful memories from his past, and even the 1972 Russian hockey team—a search that ultimately helps Alex discover himself.

(Source from Goodreads)

Nevertheless, I read it as soon as I could. And as quickly as I started to read it, I finished it before I knew it. It only took me two days… and, just as I anticipated, it was a great story. Terry Fallis is one of my favourite authors and with his new story, he brought back again the lovable characters and original plot line that can always be expected from him. However, there was something different about this book than the others he had written up to now; The whole book felt more mature from the characters to the writing style, but still exciting and captivating. I would recommend his new novel to everyone.

These are my other blog posts reviewing his other works (in the chronological order that they were published):

  1. The Best Laid Plans
  2. The High Road
  3. Up and Down
  4. No Relation
  5. Poles Apart
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