This book is a stunning read about Meg who’s marriage has gone stale and it a bit in tatters. She doesn’t particularly feel anything for her husband, Dan, anymore and has huge regrets about Jude, the young cute-boy love of her life, or so she thinks. She discovers on social media that a school reunion party has been arranged and Jude is going. Meg then begins to reminisce about the time when she and Jude were 21 and she turned down his offer of a relationship and soon after married Dan. Years later, she is still hung up about not taking her chance with Jude and begins to imagine what life would have been like with him instead of Dan.
Jude, by the way, has done very well for himself in property and his super-yatch lifestyle and places that he’s been in he world, one can only dream of. But one day, Meg is about to get the shock of her life when something strange happens, she wakes up to find she is 21 but with all her memories and thoughts of her present life as a forty-something and is given a chance to relive the moment when Dan proposes to her, but this time, she makes a different decision which changes the events in her life from this moment on wards.
I have to say that this book blew me away and it was on my mind for a whole week. I had told friends about it and how they must buy it because although some of us may not admit it, we all do go through times where we wished we had made different decisions and wonder what life would have been. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we are having thought twice about our spouses, but this change of thought could apply to anything, not just the relationships but about decisions made about a job, or if one had continued to play the piano from the age of five what would I have been today!! etc.
So for me this book is a winner because it answers that universal question, ‘what if?’
Fiona Harper, I am very impressed with, her style of story telling; its confident, true, though-provoking, incredibly ambitious and simple. What I mean by simple is the plot would have been quite a challenge to plan and write, but because of her ability to write well, she made this story run so smoothly and effortlessly, considering the number of times Meg had jumped from one timeline to the next, and, not only that, jumping timelines with another man and a different family. How incredible is that?
There were some moments in this book what made me gasp with a slight fear, and it was when Meg feeling so keen about her new life with Jude, only to realise when her life jumped back with Dan that there was no more Sophie!!! OMG. When I look at my two kids I can’t image a new version of them.
The Other Us is a great book that is funny in some parts and very true in others. Its a must read for everyone, woman and man. I was really entertained by it and it actually prompted me to watch Sliding Doors, which I am ashamed to say had never watched.
I look forward to more books by this author, just please tell me its another time-jumping book. Because I really, really liked it. Ten stars.
Reviewed by Anne John-Ligali