I’d recently read a thread on Mumsnet where a lady had experienced people posting condolence messages on her Facebook timeline. They weren’t from the future, like in the book, obviously, but I found it quite unsettling to think about all the same. I had to have this book when I read the blurb for After I’ve Gone!
After I’ve Gone
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn’t got long left to live. She doesn’t hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and friends and family start posting tributes to her, following her death in a terrible and mysterious accident.
At first, Jess thinks this must be a sick joke by a colleague jealous of her handsome new boyfriend. But as the posts continue and it becomes clear that no one else can see what she can, Jess is forced to confront that her impending death might be all too real . . .
It took me 2 days to read because I just could not put this book down.
I loved the feisty Jess at the start of the book. Her relationship with her best friend, Sadie, was lovely to read and it made me think about the fun I used to have with my friends when we young and carefree!
It was quite hard then to follow Jess through the changes she went through after getting together with Lee. It felt like she changed quite quickly but then I had to remember the story is told over18 months, not the 2 days I read it in!
She became quieter and lost her feistiness. Her job at the cinema, working with Sadie, was one she loved; she didn’t have to get up early because she mainly worked the late shift. Lee, however, convinced her to go for a job at his firm that she would never have dreamed of applying for before she met him. She got the job and because of this, her friendship with Sadie dwindled and her life started revolving around Lee and what he wanted.
Each time Jess checked facebook, her timeline was 18 months ahead and her family and friends kept posting messages on her wall and in private. Through these messages, Jess slowly learns about her marriage, the birth of a son and her untimely death.
She does try, albeit not very hard, to change her future. However, she’s worried about changing it too much because she’s fallen in love with her son before he’s even conceived.
I’ll not say any more about After I’ve Gone as I don’t want to spoil it. I will say I’m now a fan of Linda Green and can’t wait to read While My Eyes Were Closed.
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