Release date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.
Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?
As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.
Haven’t we all wondered, “what if?” at some point in our lives? What if I had said something different, what if I had done something else, what would my life be like today? Would it be the same or would these decisions (both big and small) have altered the course of my life? At it’s core The Inbetween Days explores these types of questions, but it’s so much more than that, it goes much deeper.
I read Something Like Happy well over a year ago and it was a book that really resonated with me, the kind that stays with you. As much as I was looking forward to reading this one, I did have a nagging thought thinking that maybe this one wouldn’t effect me in such a profound way. I was wrong. Do you have any authors that seem to just speak to your soul? Their writing touches you on a level that is not the norm and leaves a mark on your heart? I know it sounds incredibly cheesy but Woods is that author for me. She inspires me and makes me evaluate my own life and always makes me want to do better, to be better and to just live my life to the absolute fullest.
Rosie is in a coma right when you’re first introduced to her and I remember thinking, hmm wonder how much I’ll hear from her POV, but it’s a lot, you’re basically privy to her inner monologue as she struggles to remember even the most basic things about her life. The structure of this was fantastic, when Rosie starts to remember things you’re hurtled straight into the memory with her and things are all over the place, she may first remember something from two years ago and then when she was five, but it’s quickly apparent that these memories are all relevant in some manner. You also hear from her sister, Daisy and she’s just as important to the story as Rosie is. I just adored both of them, I felt an instant bond with the two of them and was anxious to see what would happen in their lives.
I could probably ramble about this one forever but I’ll spare you, I’m going to leave you with a portion of my review for Something Like Happy that is how I feel about this one as well. This one made me grateful and humbled me, which seems like part of some overarching themes in Woods books.
If I’m ever feeling down or throwing myself a pity party I’ll pick this book up again, it’s exactly what I need to read to quit feeling sorry for myself and embrace the life that I was given. It really gave me a new, fresh perspective and inspired me to celebrate the little things and to be truly grateful for all that I have. Happiness is a choice and though it may not always be an easy choice, it’s definitely a state of mind.
The Inbetween Days in three words: Inspiring, Evocative and Humbling.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.