A copy was provided by Netgalley and Black Rose Writing, in exchange for an honest review. I’ve written the review as spoiler free as possible.
I really enjoyed this story, its opening sentence is quite intriguing…
“I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but I think I died today.”
What follows is the story of how we get to this point and dealing with the consequences.
There are nine main characters, I really like the way you get to know them through the story. It has excellent character development and chapters are named after the characters, giving a layered and evolving story, often giving different people’s view of the same situation giving an insightful perspective into both their behaviours and attitudes.
There’s a few twists and surprises and elements of mild suspense, these run through the book and build with the developing story and characters. The story explores the infallibility of people – character flaws, choices, mistakes and dealing with the consequences. People aren’t perfect, they have secrets and get things wrong and ultimately it is about the strength of family bonds and sticking together, love and dealing with whatever life throws at you.
The writing very cleverly resolves the elements of tension and brings a sense of closure. Despite the circumstances the writing maintains a positive feel. It’s very engaging and thought provoking, the sense of perspective puts a spin on right and wrong depending on whose viewpoint you are considering. It also makes you think about the choices we make and how some have more serious consequences than others, even if we are not aware beforehand.