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…

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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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