Tuesday, May 29

Book Review: Crazy Heart

Title: Crazy Heart

Author: Thomas Cobb

Pages: 248

Summary: At the age of fifty-seven, Bad Blake is on his last legs. His weight, his ticker, his liver, even his pick-up truck are giving him trouble. A renowned songwriter and “picker” who hasn’t recorded in five years, Bad now travels the countryside on gigs that take him mostly to motels and bowling alleys. Enter Ms. Right. Can Bad stop living the life on the country-western song and tie a rope around his crazy heart?

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This wasn't necessarily a bad book, it was well written and had some good characterization and development of its characters, it just wasn't my cup of tea. It was a genre, modern country-western, that just isn't my genre.  So it wasn't a book I could really get into and enjoy.

The main character was particularly well written, although somewhat cliché, old and busted country western singer, the author did do a good job at creating this character. He was realistic and his development throughout the story was natural. I think if you enjoy this genre, than this would be a great read, but, it just didn't reach me. It wasn't boring, it wasn't gripping, it was just not my type of book.

Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoy country-western themed stories than yes. As I said above, it was like a country western story. There was nothing bad about the story, but it wasn't my genre, so it didn't grab my interest.

What to read next: The Sisters Brother is the only book that comes close to mind. Although the main character often reminded me of Jonny Cash, so there may be something from that too.


  1. I don't think this would work for me either. I am really not interested in this genre, and would probably be a little bored with it. I hadn't ever heard of this book before, but it's not one I am going to be seeking out. Thanks for the honest and detailed review.

    1. I never heard of the book before either. I got it from my book blogger secret santa a couple of years ago. It was good book in that it got me out of my reading comfort zones. But I don't think I'd go out and read more from the genre anytime soon.