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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Mind the Gap by Thomas Maurstad is a novel with plenty of drama and action that will keep you entertained for hours. Justin Mayhaps was not over the death of his wife and the constant dreams about her being just out of his reach were affecting his mental state. An advertising genius and a marketing guru, he was fighting his guilt and learning to live with it. On the other hand, is Ellis Presley, a musician and a video artist who was just about to make it big. Stuck in a gray world that made her angry, Ellis was hiding behind a mask that made her feel safe. Both Ellis and Justin had stories to tell, yet they had no idea what was stopping them. Neither of them had any idea that they would meet at just the right time to help each other figure out their lives.
The perfect narrative of our generation and a mirror we need to view, Thomas Maurstad created a work in Mind the Gap that made me feel seen and heard. I felt a connection to Justin from the very first chapter. He was lost, grieving, not giving himself the time to recover his life was a mess, yet he had no energy to change. Justin was going with the flow, existing and moving forward the best way he could. Ellis, on the other hand, was having a hard time facing her reality and was scared of change. She didn’t want to take the mask off and preferred to hide behind the comfort of anonymity, even if it cost her financially. She wasn’t a quitter and tried harder. I loved them both to bits. They were simply titled Him and Her, impersonal yet so powerful. It reflected how hard both protagonists were working on learning about themselves. The narrative style kept things interesting, allowing readers to enjoy the quirks of the characters and find little pieces of their personalities that they could relate to. Loved it!