Thora and Santi have met before…
Under the clocktower in central Cologne, with nothing but the stars above and their futures ahead.
They will meet again…
They don’t know it yet, but they’ll meet again: in numerous lives they will become friends, colleagues, lovers, enemies – meeting over and over for the first time, every time; each coming to know every version of the other.
Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.
But as they’re endlessly drawn together and the lines between their different lives begin to blur, they are faced with one question: why?
They must discover the truth of their strange attachment before this, and all their lives, are lost forever.
The opening section of this book is pretty disorientating (deliberately, I think!). I loved the characters of Thora and Santi from the start, and was somewhat disappointed when the storyline ended abruptly and we were taken into a different narrative. But wait… it’s a different scenario but with the same characters. And then we get another, and another and another. And they’re all equally engaging, which delighted me.
It’s difficult to say much more about this book without giving away the ‘point’ of the repeated lives, although Silvey had me desperate to find out – Are there parallel universes? Time loops? Are Sandi and Thora pawns in some greater plan? If I’m honest, once the protagonists figured out what was going on, I did start to lose interest a little, although I’m certain that some readers would absolutely love the sci-fi twist of the final part. And what an ending!
It’s the sci-fi elements in the final section that take this novel a step further than other ‘repeated lives’ novels. Anyone who has enjoyed novels such as ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’, ‘The 7 1/2 lives of Evelyn Hardcastle’ and ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ should definitely give this book a go.
This audiobook version was narrated by Kristin Atherton. Atherton’s accents really brought the novel’s characters to life, and I would recommend this format of the novel to others.
Thank you to Net Galley UK and the publisher for an ARC of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.