The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.
But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?
Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Emotions & Feelings
> Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death & Dying
…I spotted a picture that made my heart do a tap dance in my chest. There, staring out at me from the wall was the picture of Gabe and me, a copy of the one I kept hidden in my wardrobe. It felt out of place on my brother’s wall, as if the image belonged only to me and my memories.
In my arms, Mai leaned towards the picture. Her eyebrows twitched and in an almost imperceptible move, her lips pursed into a decisive bow. Her wispy black eyebrows bunched together as she turned to consider me. She reached out and rested her hand on my cheek. I was about to smile and rest my hand over hers when she moved it across my face and drew her thumb along my jaw line, just the way Gabe had done.
She looked me dead in the eye. And then she said, “Sun.”
This book introduces you to Kat Richardson, still grieving for Gabe. She only returns to her hometown when her brother’s adopted daughter from China arrives.
With A Strange Companion, Lisa Manterfield has created a well elaborated story focussed on Kat and her dealing with grief. It was easy to get into the story; especially if you have lost a dear one, you understand at least some of Kat’s take on things. Kat is of sufficient depth, likeable; I had the urge to support her, help her cope. Lisa Manterfield created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on a serious topic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying Kat and her feelings; it comprises some interesting turns, and has a really good flow.
This is a book for you if you like thoughtful stories covering a person’s coping with loss and grief, as well as carefully elaborated plots with likeable characters.
A quote by the author: “I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.” – Having read this book, I can whole-heartedly confirm this – it shows.
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|POV||First person – past tense|
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About the author
Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at http://lisamanterfield.com/.
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What about you? What did you think about A Strange Companion? Or – if you did not yet read A Strange Companion – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂