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When I came across this as a Kindle Deal and read the blurb, at first I was going to give it a miss. Dead narrators are nothing new and it sometimes seems to me a convenient device for a lazy author. However, I read some of the reviews and decided to give it a try. When Finn dies in an accident but remains behind as an omniscient narrator, she takes the reader on a journey that reveals the truth of the other characters. Emotions are tugged in every way as through Finn we follow the other occupants of the camper van that rolled down a snowy hillside as they deal with the aftermath of the accident. There are one or two hiccups but overall Suzanne Redfearn handles her style choice well when it could easily have gone wrong. Entertaining and enjoyable from start to end.
Loved this !! I've read a book through the eyes of a dead person before, and though ofcourse none of us know that perspective for real, I found reading through Finn's view amazing, the things noticed that the living didn't see. The descriptions of the injuries, the emotions, so clear and where needed make the reader cringe . Can I say ,I could have killed Bob !! How could be do that to Oz !! But in reality ,faced with similar situation who knows how I would have reacted. Funny,loving,upsetting,frightening,positive, this story has it all. As a reader you will feel empathy, but who with ??
This book moved me deeply and was an insight into the human mind and condition, our selfishness and selflessness in times of huge stress and fear, the complexities of how we humans can react when faced with disaster, terror and unimaginable loss. Written through the eyes and words of Finn, a teenage girl who finds herself on the other side of life through a tragic accident, it is nothing short of brilliant, and in many ways gives hope of a world without a real ending, a life that goes on in another dimension. Having lost a grown up child myself, it was particularly poignant, and I hoped it was true that our loved ones can see and hear and watch over us after they’re gone from this world, only moving on when they feel we can finally cope a little better without them.
I did not want to put this book down, once I had started reading it. I had to, very regretfully, put it down to go to sleep at 2 am. The story was told with such a clever device, through the eyes of Finn, who had died. I really didn’t want the book to end, it had two chapters which I thought it had ended at, but no it went for a couple more, I was relieved. I would recommend this book to anyone, it is exciting, tragic, funny and also has a smidgeon of romance in there. I absolutely loved it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book is well written and kept me interested till the very end. I enjoyed it being written from the perspective of Finn. The book made me care a lot about the characters and I was deeply invested in their fate. So much so that I kept reminiscing about certain plot developments throughout my working day. The book portrays different types of characters very well, their true personality and morals affecting what happens in the aftermath of the accident.
Disclaimer: This book was my Amazon First Reads choice for February 2020.
This book wasn't the read I thought it would be! Starting more or less from the beginning it's narrated by Finn and the story revolves around the holiday the family takes and the disaster that happens and how they all deal with it and how everyone's lives are affected by the aftermath. I cried during this book whilst following Finn's accounts and her emotions about everyone and everything that happens.
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I liked that although it was told through Finn's eyes, there was a detachment because the other characters couldn't interact with her. Very emotional story, brilliantly written
I simply loved this book, I loved Finn so very sad in places and does make you think what you would do in this circumstance , are we all so selfish or only look after are own? A very mindful story of loss and love and realizing we are not perfect after all. Highly recommend this book very thought provoking. A must read.
A beautiful book, really well written. It follows the story of Finn's family after her death, told from Finn's perspective as she watches over them until such time as they can find something positive to help them move on from the horrific accident that caused her death. It also explores the intricacies of relationships and loyalty. Who would you put first?
This really was a lovely book which is told from the perspective of Finn who dies in an accident. Her observations of her family and friends in the aftermath is very touching. Finn is a lovely character, a girl who loved her life and wants to be remembered with happy memories and not see her loved ones unhappy. Similar to The Lovely Bones it is well worth a read