The Half Life of Stars by Louise Wener

I WONDER if Wener, who was once the lead singer of pop band Sleeper, has had trouble being taken seriously as an author because of her previous career. If she has, based on this novel, such an attitude would be entirely unfair. This is accomplished storyt

I WONDER if Wener, who was once the lead singer of pop band Sleeper, has had trouble being taken seriously as an author because of her previous career.

If she has, based on this novel, such an attitude would be entirely unfair. This is accomplished storytelling - creative, vivid and thoroughly enthralling.

The action is set between London and Miami and follows a flawed, difficult narrator, Claire, as she sets out to find her missing brother. Old family wounds are ripped open and a troubled past brought back to life as Claire tries to follow her brother's trail.

Wener manages to combine realistic family troubles with a slightly more fanciful plot involving two colourful Miami residents, premature baldness and (bizarrely) film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

A truly great read. 5/5