Happy Tuesday everybody!
If given a chance would you take a do over? This is such an intriguing book, kind of like a puzzle. 🧩
The truth lies in what she can’t remember.
This was a complex compelling story that made my brain work. I am still contemplating what was really going on in the story. Lost memories, dreams, A do over? The story starts off with Gloria in a car she doesn’t recognize, on a road she’s not familiar with, covered in blood. Then Gloria wakes up in bed next to her abusive estranged husband Charles 16 years in the past. Is she going to have to live through the nightmare again, or is this a do over opportunity? The book bounces back-and-forth between past and present, with chapters 2003 labeled after and 2019 before. An interesting concept that was very well executed, I was never lost or confused. I was wanting Gloria and her girls to have a better life and get out of that abusive situation, but at what cost? Gave me a lot to think about, I was in an emotionally abusive marriage for years, would I have left earlier knowing what I know now? My biggest regret is the impact it had on my kids, most of which I did not realize until I was out of the situation. Gloria‘s thoughts and feelings about the abuse and her abuser were so relatable, I think the author really had a good understanding of how someone feels when they’re in that situation. There is so much self blame and I completely empathize with Gloria as she struggled through it all. I am not certain I would call this a thriller, it was more like a puzzle. A puzzle where the pieces didn’t all fit, but I was satisfied with the outcome.
This book in emojis. 📅 🩸 🧩
*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
About the Book
On a dark January night in 2019, Gloria finds herself behind the wheel of a car, beaten and covered in blood. She has no idea where she’s coming from or where she might be headed. After pulling to the side of the road, she begins to fade out of consciousness.
The next thing she experiences is waking in bed next to a man who should be her beloved fiancé, Rick. However, she soon discovers it is her dangerous ex-husband, Charles, whom she thought she had escaped two years earlier, in 2017. She eventually finds that the year she was woken to is 2003, and she is living her life with this abusive man all over again.
Due to the abuse she endured, Gloria suffers from dissociative disorder, which has stolen the memories of her two young daughters growing up. There is another who holds these memories: the other Gloria. She thinks maybe God has given her a do-over, and she might be able to do better, stay present, and recover the lost memories of their childhood. She knows, to do this, she must escape Charles once again.
Gloria’s plan for escaping this time around includes finding Rick, who doesn’t know she exists in 2003, but she soon comes to the realization that meeting Rick will not be enough. She knows she must do the one thing she never wanted to do – meet the other Gloria and finally discover the unspeakable secrets she holds.