I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Back Again by Susan May
Published by Digital Contact on November 21, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, Time Travel
Source: the Author
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"Between life and death, lies fate."
Could there be any greater nightmare than living through the death of your child?
Yes! Reliving it again and again.
A tragic accident takes Dawn’s only child right before her eyes. The following surreal days are filled with soul-destroying grief and moments she never wants to live again—until, inexplicably, she finds herself back again, living that day.
It’s a second chance to save her son. But changing fate is not as simple as it first appears. Time is not Dawn’s ally.
“She’d lost count of the number of times she’d lived through this. Every time it hurt as much as the time before. Eventually, she thought that she must become immune to the events, and that her heart wouldn’t shatter into a thousand, million pieces—
But it always did.”.
Dawn Graham had a peculiar experience as a young teen that forever changed her life. Occasionally plagued with what she called “slips” where she lost track of time, Dawn developed coping mechanisms to prevent these occurrences. Then tragedy struck and she was destined to repeat that same period of time, over and over again, desperately attempting to change the horrible outcome.
This was a very strange story that developed slowly, taking almost half of the book for me to grasp what was going on. Even when it became clearer, there was still much to untangle. I was hooked early but when Dawn began reliving that tragedy over and over again, the repetition became a bit tedious. I know it was necessary but lots of the details could have been trimmed.
Despite the tedium found late in the story, this book was compelling, reminiscent of my beloved old TV series, The Twilight Zone. It’s a puzzler that’s highly interesting, eerie and bizarre, which is a really good thing! Highly recommend.
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