337 written by M Jonathan Lee, publisher Hideway Fall, is available in ebook, kindleunlimted and paperback format from the 30th November 2020. Please note the double-ended upside-down opening for this book is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only.
337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens. It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note.
While their father pays the price of his mother’s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.
Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth.
Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.
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337 by M Jonathan Lee is a compelling story that evokes many emotions within you. It also questions your belief of what you’ve read and perceived of the story and characters. It’s quite a clever way to spin a tale with the last few words offering many different perceptions of what could have happened. Nothing as it seems … or is it?
This is a story of a family, who through varying circumstances, have strained relationships but when Sam receives a call to say his Grandmother is seriously ill and dying he questions himself on whether it is time to face the past again?
I have found with M Jonathan Lee’s writing that he is never afraid to write about life in it’s real 3D image. He was honest with his words and at times I found parts of the storyline hard to read as sadly it’s not that long ago since my father passed away. However, I have to add the storyline is not morbid and I was compelled to learn what happened next, wanting Sam to experience some sort of closure to the torment he has been enduring since the disappearance of his mother.
I wouldn’t class this story as a thriller, I would class it as contemporary fiction with the focus on the mystery, the wonderment and the honesty of family life.
About the Author
M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels. 337 is his sixth novel. He is obsessed with stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears. He was born in Yorkshire where he still lives to this day with his children.