Surviving: Livesaving for Beginners

Earlier in the year, I was asked to participate in a read-along with a group of bloggers who were reading Livesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty (Hachette). For one reason or another I wasn’t able to participate in the conversation, but having read the first chapter of the book, I remained very curious about where this story was heading. It’s been on my Reading Pile since.

livesaving for beginnersToday, I went some way towards satisfying my curiosity by having a read of Monique’s review of the book on her blog Write Notes Reviews. It’s a great write-up and I’ve decided to share it with you today.

I was sucked in with the first chapter of this book. It had a great hook worthy of “how to start a novel” writing classes: a tired truck driver in Ireland closes his eyes just for a second and opens them to see a deer in the middle of the road. And then, a bright yellow car tossed in the air “like a bag of feathers”. It’s a tragedy. One woman dies. It’s a miracle more weren’t killed. Like Kat, a thirty-nine-year-old woman who has to be cut from her car.

From the third-person narrative of the first chapter, the book switches to a dual first-person narrative. It took me a bit of getting used to at first, because I thought the story would include a focus on the truck driver – how he fared after that horrible night. Instead, the story is told by Kat (the survivor) and nine-year-old Milo, whose mother died in the accident. Somehow, through this tragic twist of fate, they are brought together…

You can read the full review here…


You can find out more about Ciara’s book at the Hachette website and read more of Monique’s reviews here…

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