Overdrawn by N.J. Crosskey Legend Press September 1st 2019
Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated. Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on. When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.
I loved Poster Boy and was very excited to be invited to read and review Overdrawn.
Once again Crosskey took us to a future, a future civilisation that seemed to have stepped back in time. Sustainability was the key concept, cars an anomaly, public transport pushed to the fore and its population ranked according to their means. There was one stark and to me horrifying contrast, the value of the human life, no longer seen as sustainable beyond old age or illness, procreation stilted, discouraged. The concept of Moving On, of voluntary euthanasia, to pass your wealth to your children was a hard one to grasp.
You wondered at Crosskey’s thought processes, her ingenuity and skill in a creating such a world, aspects believable and scary.
Her characters Henry and Kaitlyn, at the opposite ends of the age spectrum yet their views and need to save those they loved were brilliant. Their desperation and horror at the world they lived in oozed from the narrative. Their plan was shocking, but in other ways it changed their relationship, their outlook on life and the novel lost some of its harshness,as tenderness crept in.
The aged old problems of trust, respect, appreciation for the more human aspects of life were moved to the fore. You could sense change and the last few scenes made you think that perhaps a sequel could be in the offing and I do so hope there is.
Overdrawn was thought provoking, full of interesting themes and a compelling engrossing read from a fabulous author.
I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of Overdrawn to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
NJ Crosskey lives with her husband and two children in Worthing, West Sussex.
She worked in the care sector for almost 20 years and now is a full-time