Peter Wells’ book was a real find. I discovered Peter here at Word Press and his short stories touched me. He has a style that is a bit disarming. He writes things that leave me wishing life were kinder, or happier, or more…. complete. I almost always want to hear more. But it is a huge part of the charm in his style.
I read “Living Life Backwards” in just a few days. I was caught up in the story, wanting to know what was going to come of the variety of characters in that sleepy community where they lived. I loved the insights into the mind of Bill, the main character. He was so measured in all of his actions. Everything he did had a purpose behind it and the way he processed his thoughts made him so very real to me. I felt for him and the life he lived. His life lacked so much of what we all seek, he had a sense of desperation that was sad and small. I so wanted him to have more, be more, feel more.
The story takes several unexpected turns that took me off guard, made me wince. But it made for a good story. A story that held my interest all the way through and ended too soon for me as Peter Wells’ stories often do. I liked the book a lot and especially enjoyed the work that went into developing the characters backgrounds, emotions and motives. It was a novel that was worth every minute it took to read.