Welcome to a weekly post, Throwback Thursday. This weekly book review post is a way to share some old favourites, books that were published over a year ago and most importantly those books that have been languishing on the to be read pile for far too long!
You have 18 months left to live . . . On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate?
Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. But when new posts suggest 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.
Linda Green is an author that was once on my radar but has fallen off in the last few years. Her chic lit books are ones that I immensely enjoyed so when I spotted her name on After I’ve Gone I had to have a look. With the tag line Status Update; You have 18 months to live on the blurb, I was immediately sucked in. Green has successfully made the move to thriller writer with her latest novel and it is both unique and contemporary. It is enough to say that the themes are most relevant to today, one being technology. Saying more though will be to spoil the story so I’m leaving it at that!
After I’ve Gone is set in Leeds with a split timeline. Told in four parts through the eyes of Jess Mount, the timeline alternates between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Other chapters are told through the voice of the mysterious Angela. The majority of the chapters begin with a Facebook message or post which allowed me to get into the heads of the other characters, Jess’s father and her best friend. Intriguingly the messages and the posts are from 2017 and 2018 (the future!), while Jess herself begins her story in 2016. Jess’s life has not been an easy one with the death of her mother as a teenager and I felt for her as I gradually learnt about the effects this had on her. While it did colour my view initially of the strange events happening on Facebook I came to one conclusion; how these messages and posts arrived for Jess to read was not important. What was important was what Jess did with this knowledge she had been given. Until the very end, I held my breath as I hoped and prayed that Jess would make the decision that would change her life.
If this short review has got your attention, my job is done! Get out there and read this thought provoking book any way you can. It will not be what you expect!
***** 5 stars
After I’m Gone by Linda Green was published on 25th July 2017 by Hachette Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
Learn more about the author of After I’m Gone, Linda Green here.