I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from Penguin Random House and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read it before its publication. I originally had applied for the book because the publisher was giving away a black canvas bag with the cover art on it and it was beautiful. When I received the book I was excited (because I’m ALWAYS excited to receive unpublished proofs, it’s like Christmas up in here!), but I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book.
I’m going to open my review by saying that this book was not a “light” read by any means. There is some heavy subject matter in this book. The story follows four siblings, two brothers and two sisters, who, as children, visit a woman who can reveal to anyone the date of their death. The prophecy that she gives to each child haunts them for the rest of their lives and truly shapes their decisions and their fates. The tagline for this book is “If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?” and what a poetically magnetic tagline that is! It should absolutely make you want to read this book.
Without giving too much away, because I really do want everyone to read this book, there is so much love and loss, fight and triumph, and faith and forgiveness in this book that it is impossible to forget.
I can confidently say that the best part of this book for me was that I may not have personally agreed with some of the messages in this book, but each message was useful and truthful nonetheless. For example, many of the characters, though the family is ancestrally Jewish, confess to having little to no religious affiliation. As you read the book you discover their reasons for their lack of faith and maybe even understand it. As a Christian, I obviously disagree with their philosophies, but this book proves that all walks of life think, feel, love, and live differently. This doesn’t mean any one group of people is worth less than another. The author of this book really explores the possibilities within each person and how one destiny can shape someone else’s.
Each portion of the book played a part in the next and each character built upon the next. The author did an excellent job of blending the story together and weaving multiple amazing perspectives together to tell one cohesive narrative. This book will draw you in from page one and it will sample all of your emotions. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the versatility of the human spirit and the resilience of familial relationships.
This book is expected to be published in January 2018.