When I came across this book on Jane Davis’ blog, I liked the sound of it and I decided to give it a go. Well, I’ve just finished it and I loved it!
The Fifth Voice is a bittersweet comic novel about four men who form a barbershop quartet. Paul Connolly is a singer himself and he really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to music.
Here’s part of the blurb for the book from Paul’s website:
The lives of four singers are far from harmonious. Danny’s marriage is on the rocks, while Vince is struggling with a debilitating illness. Henry is having a mid-life crisis, and Neil is at war with his father. But when they sing together none of that matters. Because something magical happens.
The Fifth Voice is a poignant and comic tale of four lives and a single passion.
Connolly draws you into the lives of Vince, Danny, Henry and Neil with a writing style that is both assured and gentle. He’s particularly good at bringing his characters to life through their speech and actions, especially the wise-cracking Vince and the larger-than-life voice coach, Ken. Each character has their own unique story and the author weaves these stories together in a very satisfying way. The Fifth Voice is a funny and uplifting book and would make a great mini-series or feel-good film.