A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield #BookReview @LisaManterfield

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

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.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Emotions & Feelings
Books
> Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death & Dying
Series: n.a.
Length: 297 pages
Release date: 2017-04-04

 

Teaser


…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.”


My Opinion

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.

Recommended.

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.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

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/.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
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.  🙂


10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

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10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

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 LisaManterfield.com.

 

 

Find me…

Website:  http://lisamanterfield.com/

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Instagram:  @lmanterfield

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lisamanterfield

Amazon:  Lisa Manterfield

 

My personal motto:

“Leap and the net will appear. If it doesn’t, flap your arms like crazy.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Coffee…before anything else. I try to exercise in the morning, too, but some days I just want to get to my writing. I actually like writing in bed. With my coffee, of course.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m in a scene with my characters and I really understand what they want and why it matters so much for them to get it. When that happens, it takes a while to readjust back to the real world.
  3. I have always… been curious. My mum says I never slept as a baby in case I missed something. I’m interested in lots of different things. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.
  4. I have never… had a speeding ticket. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
  5. Home means to me… wherever I lay my cat, that’s my home. I’ve always been “geographically flexible” and I’ve moved around a lot. As long as I can cozy up with my husband, cat, and a good book, I’m home.
  6. I am inspired by… nature. Being outdoors changes my whole demeanor and fires up my creativity. I especially love visiting my family in the UK and getting back out into the hills near where I grew up.
  7. I would like to meet… Sir David Attenborough. He has such a respect for the natural world and such a gentle, but inquisitive way of teaching. In another life, I might have followed in his footsteps.
  8. My worst character trait… time optimism. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. All these years and I still can’t seem to get a grasp on how long things take.
  9. My best character trait… tenacity. I am very determined about whatever I set my mind to. All sorts of talent deficits can be overcome by sticking with something for long enough.
  10. The best advice I was given… Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and forge your own path.

A Strange Companion

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 head first 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.

Print length:  342 pages

Published:  2017-04-04

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