When Ben Rider finds his childhood imaginary friend, Trinity, in his kitchen, he knows something isn’t right. Trinity hasn’t changed a bit. He still has three personas: cowboy, pirate, and private eye. He still smells of chocolate, and he still has a habit of massaging his earlobe.
Ben is trying to keep his video game development business alive and finalise a deal with an American games publisher, while keeping his disintegrating marriage together. Now, with the reappearance of his imaginary friend, he has his sanity to worry about too.
Trinity claims he has come back to help Ben sort out his life and guide him to his destiny. But over the days that follow, Ben’s life goes haywire, and it looks like he might meet his destiny sooner than he thinks. Thanks to Trinity, Ben will have a restaurant collapse on top of him, be seduced and later shot at by a Welsh femme fatale, meet someone else’s imaginary friend, and lose both a wife and an ex-wife. But will he find his destiny, or is Trinity’s real reason for returning, something else entirely?
This book’s blurb is so intriguingly bizarre that I felt I had to read it, and I’m so glad I did! I loved Trinity, and I don’t feel that anything I write about it will do it justice. Several times I found myself at the end of a chapter, wondering if I had time for one more, then finding myself four or five chapters later feeling a little bit guilty (only a little bit, mind you) about my neglected chores…
To start with, I can’t really place it in one particular genre. Somehow this novel combines chick-lit – written by a man and with a male main character – with comedy, and is coloured with an element of fantasy. Oh, and a healthy dose of crime too. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, I know. But it does.
The author’s writing style is hilarious, and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion – and that doesn’t happen often. Don’t get me wrong, I have a sense of humour and I love watching comedy, but for some reason I rarely find a book that makes me actually want to laugh. The writing is also very engaging and entertaining, as is the dialogue between the characters.
Ben is a likeable main character, but for me the star of the show was Trinity. I LOVED Trinity as a character, and despite the fact that imaginary friends don’t really exist and this book was set in the “real” world, his place in the novel was entirely believable. I would be very pleased if the author wrote another book about Trinity because I would love to read more!
(Free review copy received.)