Arlo Knott discovers he has an unusual skill…
He can reverse his last action – undo any mistake.
But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, an accident in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.
Thanks to Tracy from Compulsive Reader tours and orbit books for My ARC of the great looking, Arlo Knott by Bristol based author Heather child,
As well as being part of the blog this is another of that books that appealed due to the Bristol connections,
Arlo is a young man, who after suffering a tragedy at a young age, discovers he has a gift , that he can step back in time just a moment or two , to correct mistakes he makes.
Heather Child has written a tale with a quite intriguing and thought-provoking concept. What would you do if you could correct your mistakes?
For me, Arlo comes across as quite self-centred and arrogant and at times uses his ‘power’ for self gain, in the main his gambling, and also some of his jobs , from magician to policeman, he doesn’t seem to be helping anyone but himself.
So it’s interesting as Heather child hasn’t just written some modern day super hero, she written what is probably quite a human character showing flaws and self interest, what happens when someone quite ‘normal’ is suddenly possessed with a power that could quite simply change the course of the world. It’s quite gripping at times.
This is a character led book. In some ways almost a character study, Arlo’s sister Erin and love interests throughout definitely shape him as the book progresses to it ends,.
Interestingly the book starts on part 6 and ends with a dramatic part 1
This book was very much outside of my comfort zone. A real change for me of style and pace from what I am used to reading, it was quite a hard review for me to write and put my feelings down on how Arlo made me think at times. So in that sense it’s a book that really made me think and examine certain areas.
A clever, fascinating, interesting and very different story.
Heather Child’s debut novel EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU was partly inspired by having worked in digital marketing, which brought her into close contact with the cutting-edge automation and personalisation technologies that herald the ‘big data’ age.
Her second book, THE UNDOING OF ARLO KNOTT, is about a man who has an ‘undo’ button for life. Arlo is able to avoid mistakes, to sidestep regret, but it may not give him the perfect life he expects.
Heather Child is based in Bristol, UK. Alongside writing she has had an eclectic career in marketing and communications, working for various non-profit organisations.
She often takes part in panel discussions, workshops and other events at festivals and conventions. You can find out more about her work, and see discussion questions for book clubs, at http://www.heather-child.co.uk.
Find her on Twitter @Heatherika1