Other People’s Lives. A Mini Review.

Other People’s Lives

By JE Rowney

Rating 4/5 Stairs

Expected Publication: 22 April 2022

Which starts like this:

Dear Jack,

It’s been six months, and I know you may never read my letters. Letters were always my thing anyway, weren’t they? I had to stay in touch somehow, while you were out there. You never replied, not even a card on the birthdays you spent all those miles away from me. I knew you’d received them, because you brought them back with you the envelopes carefully opened with one slice along the top; slit not peeled, never ripped.

Other People’s Lives

This is a fun and twisty read. I don’t want to say too much about the story, I like going into these kind of books not knowing much. It’s like a roller coaster ride – so much more fun when you don’t know the track that lies ahead.

The writing style really pushes the narrative forward – It alternates from two perspectives, one from the psychiatrist, and the other the patient in the form of letters. (Which I now know is called an epistolary – thanks Gretchen Archer!) It’s a fast page turner that kept me wondering what exactly is Sophie hiding? Is someone watching her, or is it all in her head?

Other People’s Lives is fast and enjoyable; toss this into your bag for a fun summer read at the beach or the pool.

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