Published by Hodder & Stoughton 11th June 2020
This is the story of two people kept apart by circumstance – but not like you’ve ever read before.
The story centres around Joel, he is a thirty something ex vet whose life is ruled by his haunting dreams about the people he loves, he has visions that always come true. Callie, is stuck in a life rut, still tormented by the death of her best friend and trapped in a job she feels obliged to keep. Neither are looking for one another but when they tentatively start dating Joel must fight his urge to fall for Callie as he knows if he does he could destroy it all.
You get a sense that this relationship has the potential to change both of their lives and when Joel finally admits his true feelings for Callie it appears they have it all. Their happiness radiates from the page and you feel the same happiness you would if they were your true friends. That is until Joel has a night vision and sees how it is all going to end.
The build up of the relationship is lovely, it is heartwarming that these two people have found each other and finally both seem to be able to move on with their lives and be happy. And you are happy for them and want the best for them but then Joel has his dream and it shatters everything to pieces.
The story raises so many personal questions about relationships, mortality and the biggest of all, would you want to know how and when you were going to die? And how would you react if you knew? It is an exquisitely written story and puts you right there in the relationship with them. It gives you hope that love can be found when you are not even looking for it, but is also a stark reminder that love and life are fragile.
I personally think Holly has created a masterpiece with this book, I loved the plot, the characters, who I actually felt like I knew by the end of the story, and even though it broke my heart I loved the journey Joel and Callie take, both together and apart.
This is a book that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and one that will leave you with questions. It is also one that will definitely stay with you for a long time and I can’t gush about it enough!!
Many thanks to Rebecca Mundy at Hodder and Stoughton for my proof copy.