Title: When I’m Gone
Author: Emily Bleeker
Published Date: March 15th 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Dear Luke,First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you.…
Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.
The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.
This story connects with the reader on a deep emotional level, as we come into the story with Luke, a grieving husband who now has to raise kids on his own, and he receives a letter from his departed wife. As the letters continue to come, the story and mystery surrounding Natalie comes to light. There’re various aspects of Natalie’s life that Luke never knew about, and one by one, the letters start revealing the pieces to him and making his head spin. We meet Natalie and Luke, along with her friend Annie, and Jessie. Each character is written so well, and so complex that you regularly swap back and forth on if you like the character. As things get brought to light, you’re taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and it makes this book a fantastic read. I was drawn in quickly, read it in a few days, and shed a few tears. I’m impressed with the skill of the author because this isn’t an easy subject or an easy plot to write on, and she blew it out of the water. I loved the dynamic between the characters and the added tension the letters brought.
I would recommend this to fans of emotional stories, as well as mysteries because it’s got great characteristics of both. I loved how this book was slightly similar in concept to “P.S I love You” which I loved in both book and movie form, and the basic letter idea is all that it had in common, but if you enjoyed that book, this would be perfect for you. It tugs at your heart strings, makes you mind race, and makes to think of the big picture of life and death, and how to move on.
Very well done, and I look forward to reading more from this author! Fantastic!
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