My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Expected Publication: November 5th!
Wow. Wow. Wow!
What a collection of short stories by an absolute powerhouse of authors:
*J.T. Ellison (Review for Tear Me Apart here)
*Kimberly Belle (Review for Three Days Missing here)
*Patti Callahan Henry
*Catherine McKenzie (Review for The Good Liar here)
*Lisa Patton (Review for Rush here)
The concept of this book is pretty simple. Mia finds herself in a less than stellar life, unhappy with her choices, and headed toward divorce with her husband. When she threatens to testify against her soon-to-be-ex-husband in an embezzlement case, he savagely murders her.
Fortunately, in death, Mia is able to get a glimpse of all the lives she could have lived if she had made different choices in her life. Each of those lives is detailed by the various authors above via individual short stories.
This book for me was kind of a cross between The Butterfly Effect and A Christmas Carol (minus the whole holiday thing and the three ghosts). I loved all of the individual stories, some more than others. It’s so hard to choose but some of my favorites were: The Widow, The Primatologist, The Homeless Woman, The Archaeologist, and The Suicide.
I will say there were two things I wish would have been more present in the book overall. I found myself wanting to know what choice was made differently in order to land Mia in this alternate life. There’s really no discussion of how she ended up where she was, and that may have been done on purpose. But, I found myself curious about the “how.”
The second thing that I found puzzling was this underlying theme of the telephone ringing at the end of each of the short stories. I guess I thought at the end of the book there was going to be some significance to the telephone ringing and (unless I missed it) there wasn’t any real closure there.
Otherwise, this is a fabulous book. And the beauty of it, is that you don’t even have to read it in order (aside from the beginning and the end). All the parts in the middle can be read in whatever sequence the reader chooses.
Kudos to this all-star cast of authors for collaborating on such a fantastic project. Anybody looking for something unique and different should read this book.
-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, J.T. Ellison and all contributing authors, and Two Tales Press for the opportunity to review.-