Published 2nd April 2020-Avon Books
Zara Khoury has decided to give up her life in Dubai to set up home in Liverpool. She’s had a steamy online relationship with Nick, who also lives in the city, and she thinks it’s as good a time as any to settle with him and go back to uni. An opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start afresh!
Jim Glover is also feeling restless, stuck in a humdrum job with security, but no prospects and being a carer for his mum. His friends are all beginning to settle down and they see him as dependable, predictable Jim. He needs something to change, he just doesn’t know how to go about it, until he receives a phone call which, quite literally, changes his life!
Two very different characters with, it seems, nothing in common, cross paths and what ensues is not just a physical journey but an emotional one too.
There was so much that I enjoyed about this book. I loved the way that Hayley Doyle captured the relationships between Jim & his family and that she included all the Scouse colloquialisms in their dialogue. Similarly, she captures Zara’s thoughts and feelings about her fractured family sensitively too. I think this makes you warm to the characters easily and therefore have an invested interest into how their lives progress.
The thing I enjoyed most was the overriding humour, even in the face of adversity-there are so many laugh-out-loud moments in this book!
Never Saw You Coming is an enjoyable romantic comedy, which I could definitely see being made into a film in the not too distant future! What a superb debut; I couldn’t put it down! 5/5🤩