- Cold feet: The Lost Years.
- Carmel Harrington.
- 352 pages.
- TV Adaptation / Fiction.
- My Rating: Hell Yeah Book Review.
All the love. All the drama. All you missed.
HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING OFFICIAL NOVEL FROM THE HIT TV SERIES.
Reeling from the sudden death of Rachel, his beloved wife, Adam has no time to grieve. He has to keep going, for the sake of their baby son.
Jenny moves back in with ex-husband Pete, eight and a half months pregnant with another man’s child. Can their relationship overcome past jealousies?
Karen and David agree to an amicable divorce – but that’s before he sleeps with the divorce lawyer . . .
THE LOST YEARS reveals what happened to your favourite characters between series five and six of the award-winning TV series written by Mike Bullen. It’s an irresistible chance to catch up on all the laughter, the tears, the life lessons we missed while they were gone.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.
Cold Feet was a TV show on ITV (UK) that ran for five series between 1997 and 2003. It was recommissioned and returned for series six in 2016 thirteen years after the original run of the show ended. Series seven will air from Monday 11th September 2017.
Now, I realise that this is a rather strange book review for you to be reading a review of on my blog and that in reading Cold Feet: The Lost Years any credulity that I had accrued as the foul-mouthed and sarcastic ‘bad boy‘ of book blogging has well and truly gone out the window! But, who cares! I had a fantastic time reading the book and that’s all that matters!😀
The Lost Years takes place a few months after the tragic and heartbreaking death of Rachel that occurred at the end of series five. And acts as a buffer helping to bridge the gap between series five and six.
Adam has lost his wife and friend and is now left alone as a single parent with baby Matthew. And everyone else (Pete, Jenny, David and Karen) have lost one of their best friends. Her death has left a hole in their hearts and along with their own problems they are all still trying to come to terms with her death, get by and move forward with their own problematic and chaotic lives.
Whilst reading The Lost Years it really felt like it could have been the next series of Cold Feet in its original run. The characters are spot on to their TV counterparts and you find yourself lost in the lives of Pete, Jenny, David, Karen and Adam. I’m old enough (please feel free to make old man comments in the comments section it’s fine) to have watched the original run of the show. The Lost Years effortlessly transported me back in time as Harrington brings the characters to life on the pages. They are for all intents and purposes the exact same characters that you came to love in the show. You lose yourself in their everyday lives as you are transported down memory lane back to the early 90’s (or if you’ve watched the reruns then whenever you watched them).
Adam (James Nesbitt in the TV show) was always my favourite character in the show, Irish and always up for the craic (a good time) and he is in the book too. He’s grieving the loss of Rachel but trying to get by and keep strong for baby Matthew. Out of the core group of characters, it is Adam (well, it was for me) that takes you through a wide variety of emotions with him. But, you will feel for them all at some point during your reading of the book, you will get hit in the feels! Even David and I always found David to be a toff and a bit of an arse! Yes, I’m being polite in this review as usually, I’d use a far worse term than arse!😂
You can tell that Harrington is a fan of the show. Both that fan in her and her knowledge of the source material is clear to see on the pages recreating what made the original TV show so popular in book form. The Lost Years also makes it startling obvious to anyone out there, that if you are going to commission an adaptation of a TV show, video game or movie then get someone who knows and loves the source material to do it!
One of the things I remember about the Cold Feet show is that at its core, it was a show about the characters, the flawed yet likeable group of characters. The ups and downs of their lives and their friendship with each other. The Lost Years manages to keep that exact same tone. It’s a book about their lives but it’s also a book about their friendship too and you really get the feeling that they would do anything for each other, mates to the end.
I’m not the fastest reader (I’m more like a sedate meandering older dude reader than a fit young sprinter speed reader) and I read The Lost Years in under a 48hr span – that’s quick for me!
The writing and pacing are both spot on in The Lost Years as the pages and chapters (you will smile at some of the chapter names) fly by in a mix of humour, emotion and some poignant moments too. Even if it’s only something trivial and minor there is always something happening and Harrington knows how to tell a story. You find yourself turning the pages and wanting to continue reading as you are that engrossed in the dysfunctional lives of Pete, Jenny, David, Karen and Adam.
If you are a fan of Cold Feet then simply put, buy The Lost Years. If you know anyone who is a fan of the show then simply put, tell them to buy the book and if they won’t either drag them to the bookshop and make them buy it or buy it for them.
The Lost Years is a fantastic adaptation that keeps the essence of everything that made Cold Feet, Cold Feet and for fans of the show, it is a must-read.
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