This book is never sentimental and Extence doesn't make the mistake of having Gabriel suddenly becoming perfect but by the end he is someone you'd have as a friend. Along the way we learn the value of honesty, love, music and loyalty. As well as the joy of perfectly aimed revenge . . .
A gripping look at an unlikeable character.
It's funny, well observed and heartfelt without being sentimental... a lovely, engaging read that'll leave you resolving to change your own life for the better.
Another stand-out book from this outstanding author
A very personal, compassionate and intimate read. Gavin Extence is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, he constantly surprises, challenges and stimulates with his barbed, so beautifully readable books. I sat up reading for most of the night, and even when I had turned the last page, I didn't want to put it down.
Witty, insightful and tender, The Empathy Problem is a triumph. I loved it.
A brilliant book about second chances in life by Gavin Extence. I am looking forward to what he is coming up with next!
The Empathy Problem is delightful, written in a warm, engaging voice and composed of short chapters that rattle along . . . An accessible read but one that prompts you to think about what it means to live a moral life. It's so good it 'll leave you wanting to change your own life, to be a better person.
Emotional porn for lefties . . . You can't put it down . . . precise and propulsive . . . a real page-turner
Extence's novel is an absolute triumph, once again reiterating his skill for characterisation and voice.
I absolutely loved this story... Extence has such a dry, witty style of writing.
Extence's quick wit and smart use of dialogue, deployed throughout an eventful plot with a varied cast of distinct characters, add a degree of levity you'd find more often in a Hollywood screenplay . . . a healthy dose of Dickens . . . Extence piles on delight after delight . . . The Empathy Problem finds a way to make us smile through our tears.
Extence keeps the twists and turns coming, full of mordant wit, until the bitter end.
Witty and sincere . . . very clever