Author : Linda Green
Title : After I’ve Gone
Pages : 432
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : June 15, 2017
On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate?
Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. But when new posts suggest her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist.
This is the kind of story that keeps me up at night and gives me nightmares because I can’t stop thinking about it and it roots itself firmly into my pea-sized brain!
Imagine waking up one morning, checking Facebook, and seeing posts on your timeline dated 18 months from now, from people utterly heartbroken because you passed away. Now, I don’t know about you but a) I’d rather not know upfront about my untimely demise and b) even if I did, I would most likely do whatever it took to postpone said unfortunate event. But our main character, Jess, realises that if she tries to change the future, her baby son will never be born.
What a genius idea for a plot! That in itself already blew my mind. I was glued to the pages and completely engrossed. For the first time ever, I had to resist the urge to flip to the last page to see how this story would end. I was that curious and impatient. It’s like a whodunnit with a difference and incredibly compelling.
I love that the reader gets to know Jess before these Facebook posts start. I warmed to her immediately. She has a wonderful sense of humour and many a moment between her and her best friend, Sadie, made me chuckle. The transformation Jess goes through after the Facebook posts is that much more interesting because you know the kind of person she used to be. But despite the lighter moments, this book deals with some serious topics that I won’t mention to avoid spoiling it for everyone else.
The author mentions a reviewer in her acknowledgements who vowed never to pick up any of her books again. This is the second book I’ve read by Linda Green and unlike that reviewer, I’ll definitely be picking up another one!
After I’ve Gone was published on June 15th.