The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence

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Unfortunately, The Empathy Problem never quite delivers on its emotional potential and the redemptive course of action Gabriel embarks upon feels underwhelming and hollow.
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Driven by money, power and success, Gabriel has worked ruthlessly to get to the very top of the banking game. He's not going to let the inconvenience of a terminal brain tumour get in his way. But the tumour has other ideas. As it grows, it appears to be doing strange things to Gabriel's personality. Whether he likes it or not, he seems to be becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable. Once he could dismiss the rest of humanity as irrelevant. Now he's not so sure.

Women in particular are becoming worryingly three-dimensional. And none more so than Caitlin, the unremarkable girl he sees busking on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. When she plays her violin, Gabriel could almost believe that he has a soul.... But as each day that passes brings him closer to his last, has time run out for second chances?

Best-selling author Gavin Extence pushes the envelope again with another thought-provoking and funny novel about the surprises, good and bad, that life can throw at us.

 

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Published August 11, 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Hannah Beckerman on Aug 14 2016

Unfortunately, The Empathy Problem never quite delivers on its emotional potential and the redemptive course of action Gabriel embarks upon feels underwhelming and hollow.

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