I had so much fun hunting for the second book of #collaboreads... the criteria this time was to pick a book with a name in the title, so I set off to Bookshop Santa Cruz with a list in mind. I ended up on a completely different track, randomly finding The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley, by Jeremy Massey. As you can see from the photo, every day when I got home I was excited to kick off my shoes and read more of this fun little novel. Fraught with dark humor, the story follows protagonist and undertaker Paddy Buckley through the last four days of his life as he gets unintentionally tangled with a notorious Irish mobster. You'll love him, be frustrated by him, laugh at him, but in the end you'll root for him.
I loved that this book took place in Dublin. Probably mostly because I'm getting so excited for our trip to Ireland in the fall, but really I just enjoyed all of the familial references to the area, culture, etc. It really pulled me in and made me feel like I was there, driving the old streets of Dublin along with Paddy.
Overall it was a great summer read, and a quick page-turner. The plot takes a turn after Paddy hits a notorious Irish mobster with his car and flees the scene, and it moves along quickly from there, mixing in other characters and a sweet love story. I loved the different characters you meet along the way, but Paddy was definitely the most endearing and relate-able character. This book had a little bit of everything: thrill, dark humor, sadness, and a bit of romance.
I would give this one 4 out of 5 stars. It was a really great read!! I left off one star because I didn't feel like it was moving or really memorable for me, but it's really great book to read for a quick escape from the real world.