REVIEW: Ordinary Hazards, Anna Bruno #BLOGTOUR

Thursday, 27 August 2020


Emma has settled into her hometown bar for the evening. It was in this very room that she met Lucas a few years back, on a blind date. Nine months ago, in unimaginable circumstances, they divorced.

As Emma listens to the locals’ banter, key facts about her life story begin to emerge and the past comes bearing down on her like a freight train.

A powerhouse in the business world, why has she ended up here, now a regular in the last bar on the edge of a small town? What is she running away from? And what is she willing to give up in order to recapture the love she has lost?

As Emma teeters on the edge of oblivion, becoming more booze-soaked by the hour, her night begins to spin out of control with shocking results.


I have a confession: books set in bars always seem to remind me of Billy Joel’s Piano Man. Honestly, I know, I know, it is a cliche. Like, come on, Cass, could you not think of any other drunken ballad set in a bar? After-all, there sure are a lot of them to choose from. But, there is just something about the atmosphere of that song - you can see the glasses clink, the gathered-around patrons and their hushed conversations - that makes it cycle endlessly in my head whilst I read them. 

The comparison was felt more keenly than ever in Anna Bruno’s Ordinary Hazards. After-all, this is a book about regret, about unfulfilled hopes and wishes and potential. It is a musing on where to go when your life has gone nowhere. 

In Ordinary Hazards, that place is The Final Final: the last stop before giving up and going home. Expertly crafted and brought to life, its patrons make up both the background and the foreground of this novel: their murmurs and laughs form the soundtrack, but their actions and consequences feed the proceedings. 

And boy, were there consequences to those actions. With every gust of frigid wind and every slam of the heavy door, the tension built, bubbled, became a force all of its own. And you know what they say about tension - it can only build for so long, before it reaches a boiling point. 

Thanks to Scribner, Simon and Schuster and Anne Cater for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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