Book Review: The Winners (Beartown #3) by Fredrik Backman

“There’s no life liek youth, no love like first love, no friends like teammates.”

The third book in Fredrik Backman‘s Beartown series and set to be released on 5th October, The Winners is set two years after the events that no one wants to think about. As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home? Everything.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Massively heartwarming and equally heartbreaking, The Winners is a compelling follow-up to a story that is close to many of our hearts, and this final instalment is sure to resonate with you.

At 600 pages long, the weight of this book may feel quite daunting. But Backman’s writing is so absorbing that you will easily fly through it. And every page is absolutely made the most of, with complex developments expertly weaved together to explore the emotions, worries, and hopes of so many different characters.

I would suggest that read the other books before getting to this one as there are a lot of characters, and your enjoyment of this book does depend on how much you have grown to get to know and love them over the previous two books. So if you go into this as a standalone, there will be a lot that you’re missing out on, and I fear it would be far too confusing.

But fans of the series are sure to love this latest instalment and it’s brilliant to return to some of my favourite fictional characters. There’s a lot of love in this book, but there’s also a lot of hate, as Backman takes you on an emotional journey that is sure to leave a scar.


The Winners by Fredrik Backman
Series: Beartown #3
Release Date: 5th October 2022
Print Length: 684 pages
Genre: Sports Drama
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

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