‘It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious detail, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart…and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.’
I read Attachments in one sitting – that’s how much I liked it, I didn’t want to put it down. We get to know Beth and her work colleague Jennifer through e-mails that they send to each other while they’re supposed to be working. They discuss all of their problems – Jennifer’s husband Mitch and his desperation for a child, Beth’s boyfriend Chris and his commitment issues, and everything in between.
Lincoln, heartbroken from a failed relationship, is in charge of monitoring the e-mails and web use of his office colleagues. When the communication between the two women flags up in his work, he can’t help but read them and that’s where his infatuation with Beth begins.
This is a great, light-hearted and humourous novel, with some heartbreaking moments thrown in for good measure. It relates back to a time before social media, before Facebook and Twitter, when e-mail was the big thing in e-communication.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Jennifer and Beth. It’s a great friendship, they support each other, advise each other, and call each other out when they’re wrong. Lincoln is the typical nice guy, finishing last, who just wants to fall in love and find his place in life. He knows he shouldn’t be reading the e-mails, but he can’t help it. His budding friendships with his office colleagues, and his slow break away from his mother, and into his own independence are really enjoyable to read, as you really are rooting for him.
The book is in two narratives – the e-mails between the two women keep us up to date with their lives and their situations, and then we catch up with Lincoln. The plot is constantly progressing and moving forward, there are no flashbacks.
This is a really enjoyable, light read, it has humour, and characters that you want to follow. I’d definitely recommend it!