Title: How to Save a Life (review copy)
Authors: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Genre: Contemporary with Paranormal Twist, Drama
Blurb from Goodreads
The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love?
Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.
When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.
Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realise that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.
This dramatic book is one for anybody that considers themselves a romantic soul. It’s a very tender contemporary love story with a fantastical twist.
Main character Dominic has been in love with Mia for what seems like forever. She is the one that got away due to his self doubt. They were engaged to be married… but Dom got nervous. More than nervous. He knew he loved Mia mind, body and soul but fear gripped him and things ended badly. Yet he never stopped loving her. She was the one to whom everyone else was compared to. And no one else measured up against her.
Ten years later, out of the blue, he meets her again and they agree to meet up for a date. But tragedy strikes during their date and Mia dies in a freak accident. Dom falls asleep that night in a sea of pain, guilt, sorrow and regret. And then wakes up the next morning… but it isn’t the next morning. It is June 11th again. Mia is still alive. And Dom has another chance to make things right. To save Mia. To save their relationship. And to make it to June 12th together.
This is an incredibly compelling book told from Dom’s point of view. I am a big fan of the film Groundhog Day and the idea that you could be stuck in a time loop until you figure out how to live the perfect day so I absolutely loved the premise of this. I was 100% invested in the storyline and was incredibly eager to get to the ending to see how things would eventually pan out for Dom and Mia. I thought from the beginning of the book that I had guessed the ending… I was so completely wrong! And I’m so pleased that this emotional read hoodwinked me. The ending was not at all what I expected but was 100% the ending I needed.
Dom was a great character to read about. I absolutely adored the character arc he went on. It was so fascinating to see how in the rush of day to day life we can be blinded to so many things going on around us so I really enjoyed the sense of stillness that Dom eventually found as a character. His story was very moving and my heart broke so many times for him.
I really liked the way that Mia was held at a distance from the reader. Normally I like to know character motivations early on but keeping Mia somewhat aloof and out of reach really helped to illustrate the distance that had grown between Dom and Mia over those ten lost years; it added to the dramatic tension of Dom trying to save her so he could finally know this older version of her.
I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of romantic dramas but have your tissues at the ready. Lots of feels gonna be coming at you!
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Publishing: 14 July 2020, Lake Union Publishing