This is a story about a family and the aftermath of a tragedy . The story opens with son Daniel returning home from college for the holidays. Very soon we learn (like opening pages) of Daniel’s death in a tragic car accident. Wow, way to open a story.
The rest of the book alternates between Daniel’s two sisters Josie and Meredith and the paths their lives took after the accident. Everything in the book always connects back to that day. Decisions made, chances missed, happiness, unhappiness, everything goes back to Daniel.
I loved this book. There was such depth to each character and man did I laugh and cry along with them. I definitely related more to Merdith’s approach to life than Josie’s, but both were superbly crafted, fully dimensional characters. They came alive through Ms Giffin and the depth of emotion she makes you feel is admirable.
As a teenager, we lost my neighbor and brother’s best friend to a tragic accident. It was a defining moment in all of our lives and things were never the same for us kids after. The impact of this tragedy on the family dynamics is something Ms Giffin captures beautifully in this book.
This is not a depressing read by any means, so please don’t be put off by the subject. It’s a story of self discovery in light of tragedy and finding one’s true self. It’s about acceptance, honesty and charting new territories. At the end of the day I’m sorry to see it end and know these characters will stay with me long after. I give this book 5 stars and plan to check out other books by this author. Definitely want to add this to your reading list. Use this link to read more about the release of this book:
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