Tuesday 15 September 2020

2020 Reading Challenge | If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper

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If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper - 5/5 

"Jennifer Jones' life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born. So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can't comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of her sister, she doesn't realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family.

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister. But what if she could?

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?"

This book is utterly beautiful.

Jennifer's sister Kerry dies in front of her. Kerry saves Jennifer's life by pushing her out of the way of an oncoming car and she takes the impact.

The story follows Jennifer, her husband Ed and their two children, Hailey and Oscar, focusing on how they deal with Kerry's death. Ed can see a change in Jennifer's behaviour and becomes worried about her. Jennifer is hallucinating her sister and often interacts with her, leaving Ed to think that she's having a breakdown. Jennifer blames herself for her death.

The pace of this book is fantastic and you can see the steady decline in Jen's mental health. It is so beautifully written. There are moments that make you want to laugh and others that have you almost crying.

Ed is just the most wonderful character. He absolutely adores his wife and just wants to make everything better for her. Everyone needs an Ed in their life! 

It is funny, full of emotion and heartbreaking. I would definitely recommend.

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