Title: Who is Tom Ditto?
Author: Danny Wallace
Page Count/Review Word Count: 388
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
This book has changed my perception of Danny Wallace’s work – it turns out that his fiction is even better than his non-fiction, and I thought his non-fiction was impressive enough. Here, though, he writes like a man who has mastered words, and the subtle nuances of the story-line are well-executed – you know, like when something is mentioned in passing and then a couple of hundred pages later turns out to be a massive part of the plot.
Loosely speaking, this is the story of a lowly radio presenter called Tom Adoyo whose girlfriend disappears, leaving him a note to say that while she hasn’t left him, she has left. Tom begins to investigate the unusual circumstances around her disappearance, and soon gets drawn into the unusual world of the CC group, a club whose members like to follow other people around to imitate their behaviour.
Through this admittedly unusual activity, he meets a girl called Pia, and they go on all sorts of incredible adventures when they’re ‘on the follow’. But I don’t want to tell you too much more about the story-line because I don’t want to spoil it for when you read it, and I strongly recommend that you do so.
I didn’t give this book a 10/10 for no reason – it’s an astonishingly good read, the like of which you don’t come across too often. It’s also the sort of book that leaves you wanting to talk about it with all of your friends, and so now I need to get all of my friends to read it.
Be warned, though – you might need to keep a box of tissues handy, because it’s an emotive read. I’m also not sure how happy I was with the ending – I mean, I think it’s the perfect ending for the story, but it’s not what I wanted to happen. Thing is, now I’m going to have to re-read it – I’m willing to bet there are extra layers to the book that I failed to pick up on the first time round, and I just couldn’t get enough of it.