I read The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander (the pen name of bestselling author Denise Deegan) last year when it was on special offer on Kindle, but it’s released in paperback on April 26th so now seems like the perfect time to review it.
Lucy Arigho is not the kind of person to be swept off her feet, but that all changes when she meets Greg Millar. She is drawn to him in a way she didn’t expect, especially after the death of her fiancé Brendan. But when Greg talks about getting married, Lucy doesn’t immediately say no but she does want to take things a bit slower.
At first I thought this was going to be a standard romance novel, but alarm bells soon began to ring about Greg. He was impulsive and manipulative, I fully expected him to turn abusive.
Instead what unfolds is a sensitive, yet realistic; look at how mental illness affects not only the person with the illness but everyone around them.
Alexander writes with great empathy and fully understands the complexities of the world she has created. There are no one dimensional characters here, which is a relief when it comes to topics like mental illness.
I was left teary-eyed more than once and genuinely wished things would work out for Lucy, Greg and their families.