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I don’t usually read this type of story but its reviews sparked my interest and I’m glad they did. Well written from the deceased character’s point-of-view, the narrative explores the way in which different individuals react to adversity and trauma and forces the reader to question how they might react in similar circumstances. The storyline made me laugh and at times, moved me close to tears. Nobody knows what awaits us after this life but the writer portrays a place where those that are taken before their time can eventually be at peace. I highlyrecommend this book.
Wow, I have to admit the plot is what got me in the first place, having lived in worked in the snow. I loved this book so much. So many characters involved and each and every one of them played a role in the book. Its a book about choices and how they can impact others lives. It grabbed me from the first page which I loved and I couldnt wait to have time to read it. Its one of my favourite books from 2020. I loved the way it was narrated by a ghost, very well done. It touches all of your emotions. Its so thought provoking . I highlyrecommend this book and look forward to reading more of Suzannes books.
I’m a thriller enthusiast so this was quite a different read for me. Well I’m so pleased I gave it a go. It’s a wonderful book with great insight into how people behave under extreme stress and duress. Loved the main character. Highlyrecommended.
This novel doesn't tug at the heart strings. It pulls them until they snap. Engrossing & heart wrenching the storyline is incredibly insightful, & as a parent, opens up an internal dialog of "what would I do?". Highlyrecommend this novel (but have the tissues close)
Brilliantly written, such a sad and awful tragedy for everyone involved but beautifully told with some humour, mainly from Finn, (it isn’t unremittingly bleak) and with such a depth of feeling. Ultimately, the tragedy and it’s aftermath can’t be undone, everyone is altered in some way but light does begin to shine and some good things do eventually start happen. I read this book over the weekend, it is now Monday and I can’t stop thinking about it - that’s never happened before! I haven’t mentioned the plot as you can read that in the book description and in other reviews, but I I highlyrecommend that you read this book.
Sensitively written story about loss, love and difficult choices. I didn’t think that I was going to like a book that used a dead narrator ( I hated The Lovely Bones) but the author uses Finn in a way that is sympathetic rather than sentimental and the characters and their stories remained in my mind long after I’d finished the book. Highlyrecommended.
This novel is a tough one to read in that it covers the gamut of nearly every human emotion. Such joy and happiness as the group of 10 are packing the Miller Mobile for a 3 day trip to their cabin. Bewilderment, sadness, sorrow, and more emotions will follow as this progresses. .
The author did an excellent job in portraying each of these people ...before, during and after the incident. Some of the characters felt no remorse or regret...not even a little ...whereas others felt the guilt that survivors feel. An amazing weaving of their thoughts previously into the 'now'... Each one of the survivors reacted differently to their lives afterwards.
Finn, age 16, keeps a watchful eye on the survivors throughout and the reader will become mesmerized at her 'speeches' and thoughts. The funeral for Finn was poignant and also filled with love for her life. Love and sorrow were in great evidence in the overflowing church.
Human nature and its complexity was present throughout in the characters. There is great sadness in survival and one thing is evident to me... we really don't know one another as well as we should in life.
As Ann Miller (Mom of the family) stated 'We do not control our reactions, only our actions'...excellent, just excellent.
I will admit to getting cold when reading the beginning of this novel. I turned the heat up in the cabin but still felt the chill and the brutal cold the ones in the Miller Mobile were feeling...(Talk about an author getting into one's head!).
So glad that I selected this as my First Read for February 2020. I was not disappointed for one page...not even one.