The Typo by Emily Kerr

I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author so was happy to take a chance on The Typo when it was offered to me. Amy receives an email destined for someone else, goes to the trouble of trying to find the other person and sends it on. Cameron is grateful that she did, as it was from a gallery offering him the chance to exhibit his photographs, and they begin corresponding. Amy is marketing manager at The Variety theatre in Edinburgh, and Cameron is the photographer on a cruise ship in the Antarctic. Thinking that they will never meet, Amy embellishes her life as she does not think it sounds that interesting. In reality, she gave up her promising career as a violinist after a bad review and has not played for two years. The theatre is not doing well and is in danger of closing down, so she might lose her job. Writing to Cameron, each of them encouraging the other to be braver, worrying about the lies she is telling, makes her re-evaluate her life and acts as an impetus for her to go back to what she loves most.

Apart from the emails between them, the story is told from Amy’s point of view. The characters are well drawn and believable – I particularly liked her elderly neighbour, and his two cats that spend half their time in Amy’s flat. The Edinburgh setting is vividly brought to life. I loved reading about Antarctica, though I wouldn’t fancy the cold conditions or the rough sea crossing, and found Cameron’s descriptions fascinating. Amy’s embellishment of her musical career was understandable; it’s only human to want to make yourself sound more interesting, and she assumed they would never meet in real life anyway. But what if it turned out that they wanted to? Novels written mostly in email form don’t always work, but this one does as the conversations flowed naturally. I liked both main characters, which helps a lot, and the epilogue rounded the story off nicely. Thanks to One More Chapter, HarperCollins and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.