Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Review - After I've Gone by Linda Green - #HolidayReading Book 22

Book 22 of 30 that I read on my holiday to Fuerteventura in December 2017

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Title: After I've Gone
Author: Linda Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 15th June 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Status Update - You have 18 months left to live . . . 
Jess Mount goes online one wet morning in January, and discovers that her Facebook timeline appears to has skipped forward 18 months to a day when shocked family and friends are sharing heart-breaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate? Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous baby son she has not yet conceived. But when a post from her best friend suggests her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist.

Hooked from the first few lines, I realised this was going to be a fabulous book and I wasn't in the slightest bit disappointed. 

In a rather strange turn of events, Jess discovers she can view facebook posts from the future, 18 months time to be precise, of friends and family mourning her death. 

As time goes on we see what appears to be a dual time line story as Jess struggles to work out what do do about all the future information she is seeing about herself, while at the same time, setting in motion what appears to be the same chain of events that will lead to her downfall. 

If that sounds confusing, then don't worry as it isn't and the author is far more eloquent than Iam and everything just works incredibly well. 

This was compulsive unputdownable storytelling at its finest, and a bit different to other books I've read in the genre. It isn't the first book I've read by Linda Green, but it is the first I've read since she changed genres  and thankfully she is just as good if not better with this sort of book. 

I loved every second of this story and was open mouthed in shock at the end of it.  Clearly well researched it deals with tricky topics in a sensitive manner, not overtyl shocking, but in ways that you feel a great deal of sympathy for Jess. 

Fantastic book that i would happily recommend to anyone that is even slightly intrigued by the blurb. 

Thank you to Quercus and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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