From the author of Something Like Happy comes an uplifting and emotionally compelling novel about a woman in a coma fighting for a second chance at life, love and happiness.
Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.
Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?
As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.
With bighearted emotion and comic sensibility, The Inbetween Days is a life-affirming novel about the little choices that determine our fate and our ever-enduring hope for the future.
|Publisher:||Graydon House Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Eva Woods is the author of Something Like Happy and also writes crime fiction as Claire McGowan. She teaches creative writing and has written for Glamour, Grazia, Marie Claire, Stylist, the Irish News and more. Born in Northern Ireland, Eva currently lives in London. Follow her on Twitter, @inkstainsclaire, and visit her website, EvaWoodsAuthor.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am still in awe of this novel. It is beyond a moving, emotional journey that your heart foes on as you travel through the memories of a young woman in a coma. Reading of the mess that she saw of her life, of the pain she inflicted on others and of how her very existence and mistakes caused such ramifications for others is amazing to the senses. This is truly a not to miss novel.
Let me start with the writing style. Eva Woods managed to create this lyrical tone in the book that made the words flow off the page. She created deep emotion in a short time and created a story that hits close to home, regardless of who you are or the experiences you have had. The story itself was absolutely breathtaking. To have to go through what Rosie does is heart wrenching. The decisions she has to make and the things she has to see are so vivid, that you feel like you are right there in her position. Eva Woods is a master at writing complex and emotional stories about families. With The Inbetween Days she delves into her characters' pasts and their present, unravels the secrets they keep, even from those they most love. She explores the complexities of human nature, the questions we women often ask ourselves. Can we live with our most difficult choices? What really is love? The answers are not easy. A powerful novel, intense, and moving. You can't help but find yourself taking note of the people and things that make your life worth living, after this experience.
"It's the people whose lives you touched-- that's what matters. Who remembers you. The difference you made. That's the only way you live on." A wonderfully thought provoking book that made me ponder who would notice if I was no longer here on earth? Rosie is in a coma when she is hit by a bus. Did she want to get hit by the bus? While lying in the hospital bed attached to life support, she receives many visitors. How is this possible that so many of these folks were long gone from this life on earth and what does it all mean? Those in Rosie's family and her friends also learn valuable lessons while sitting at Rosie's bedside. Does she know they do love her? Can she hear while in her comatose state? It is a story that had me stopping after chapters to think about my own life and those I love!
This novel happens over a period of 3 critical days. Rosie Cooke has been hit by a bus. She now lies in a coma and the doctors fear that if she doesn't awaken within a period of 3 days her chances of coming back without serious consequences are few, if at all. The question is, was it an accident or was she trying to end her life? No one knows, not even Rosie, who can hear almost all of the time, but is unable to move or speak. She doesn't remember, at first anyway, not even her name or what happened. Her younger sister Daisy is determined to find the truth. Did they all fail Rosie... or did Rosie fail Rosie? This shows how human we all are, in good and bad situations, and how familial relationships GET to a complex stage. I enjoyed getting acquainted with Rosie’s family. The characters are well developed. I’m a sucker for sister stories, and love stories, as in true life they can be complex. We get that here and more. While Rosie is in this “in-between stage” of life and oblivion, she is "taken" to times in her past that she can view, like a movie... when she was a child, a daughter, a sister, lover or friend. As slowly Rosie's past is revealed, we can see why certain incidents in her life influenced her actions. She herself is able to see that if she had handled things differently, a totally different outcome would have transpired. The novel will have your emotions in overdrive. Anxiety, fear, hope and sadness... yet it is not depressing. It is engaging, at times humorous and hopeful, written with entertaining and believable dialogue. Rosie herself will frustrate the reader, you will see how often she was her own worse enemy, but you will find her relatable, likable and you can't help rooting for her to WAKE UP! I loved it and give it a strong 4-star rating. Now I want to read Something Like Happy. Woods has a new fan. My thanks to the publisher, and author via NetGalley for the review copy of the ARC.