Y’all – One of my favorite author pairs is Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. I love the stories they write, I love following them on social media, I LOVE that one time that signed and mailed me a first edition copy of Girls Night Out just to MAKE MY DAY. And it totally did.
Unfortunately, I’ve been having a tough time getting into a book just lately. I started Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea, but got almost nowhere. Too many stories happening at the same time, and almost none of them interesting to me. I was also trying to read the first book in the Game of Thrones series. It is far less “cover your children’s eyes and ears” than the HBO series. However, it also feels like it is written on a sixth grade reading level. Clearly, neither of these books are going to grab and keep my attention during this crazy time that is chock full of real, scary, and very distracting stories.
THEN Kindle Unlimited decided to give me a gift (actually, it was just doing what it always does by offering subscribers books for $0.00, but let’s not get caught in the details): the newest Liz & Lisa book, How to Save a Life was ZERO DOLLARS FOR ME!!! I dropped any and every other book I was trying to power through and immediately entangled myself in the characters’ lives.
How to Save a Life is a great story successfully designed to keep the reader guessing, so I’m walking on eggshells not to give anything away here. Here goes:
Dom, the main character, finds himself living a particular Thursday over and over again. He is trying to fix what he thinks is the main thing, but ends up working on a lot of other things. Dom and the reader (ME) are both so confused by what Dom is meant to be fixing and why he is stuck in a time loop. I know it sounds unbelievable, but the repeating of one day of life for basically an entire book tells a lifetime of a story! And of course, everything comes together in the end – My FAVORITE ENDING! I did start to get an inkling of how the story would end just before the big reveal which made me feel so dang smart. Have I been murky enough that you are now excited to read the novel without spoiling anything?