Title: In Five Years (review copy)
Author: Rebecca Serle
Genre/Themes: Contemporary with Paranormal Twist, Emotional Drama, Friendship
Blurb from Goodreads
Where do you see yourself in five years?
When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.
Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself ‘what on earth did I just read?’
I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels.
What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
A very weird and very strange love rhombus.
Because for so much of this book we knew the ending…
We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn’t her fiancé because at the start of the book we were given a flash forward sequence, a premonition of sorts, to our MC Dannie getting hot and heavy with a guy named Aaron who gave her all the feels…
So when Dannie met Aaron in real time and we discovered who he was… low key spoiler alert but also hella obvs…. her bestie Bella’s new man sooooo…
HELLO LOVE RHOMBUS!!!!!
And therefore I couldn’t root for Dannie and Aaron to be together…
BECAUSE THEY MADE NO SENSE as Aaron was shown to be entirely in love with Bella; he and Dannie had zero chemistry plus the thoughts of Dannie and Aaron together brought a whole duplicitous vibe to the book. Sisters before misters, hoes over bros and all that.
And so we had Dannie denying her feels for Aaron… which was good!! Showed she cared about Bella’s happiness and didn’t want to be a wench of a friend…
BUT I KNEW THAT ENDING WHERE DANNIE AND AARON HOOKED UP WAS ALWAYS GONNA HAPPEN…
So it made it difficult to really empathise with Dannie because she was pretty much lying to herself about her true feelings.
- She was also lying to her fiancé David (even if he was a wet wipe!)
- And lying to her bestie Bella (even if she was the manic dream pixie of bestie girlfriends who I found quite irksome for the majority of the book)…
But then the book threw me for a loop and went another way…
So I’m sort of shook.
I appreciate that this book took a plot twist I wasn’t expecting but because I was expecting a traditional romance I feel somewhat shortchanged…
BUT THEN AGAIN THERE WAS A TRUE LOVE STORY BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT THE LOVE BETWEEN BESTIES AND YAY FOR RAISING UP FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!!!!
Honestly I don’t know what to say about this book. This review is a lol!
What the book has in its favour is that it’s a quick and easy read. I read it in a day and was happily distracted by it.
However it’s also one that will had me going wtf from time to time but because I was low key dreading the inevitable hanky-panky between Danni and her bestie’s boy it made me feel too annoyed with the characters and therefore unable to empathise with them as I should.
Ultimately I think my mixed feelings leave me rating this at three stars.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*