Book’s name: “How to save a life”
Authors duo: Liz Fenton&Lisa Steinke
Genre: Romance, fantasy, fiction
Publishing Company:Lake Union Publishing
Summary: Groundhog Day meets Sliding Doors, emotional, fast paced, gripping, heart wrenching.
A brain cell destroying, heartbreaking, tear jerking and emotional version of Groundhog Day!
Welcome to the never ending nightmare of Dominic. He let go his love of his life, Mia, 10 years ago! Because he was dump, he was only 24, he was afraid of commitment and he was just a guy who hated to leave his secured cocoon. He never liked to take risks. But for ten years, he couldn’t find anyone to love as much as he loved Mia!
Now he has a chance to make things right but how you can compensate the time you have lost when the love of your life keep dying and you cannot do anything to stop or change it. And when you live the same day over and over again! I watched so many time loop stories: starting from Groundhog Day, 90’s TV movie “12:01”, Netflix’s “Russian Doll” and Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day” and Supernatural’s season3 episode 11: “ Mystery Spot” (Brother stuck in same day: Dean dies thousand times and Sam cannot do anything to save his brother!)
Most of the stories start with a song from 50 cents or Asia, Harry Nilsson (didn’t you keep singing “Gotta Get Up” song like a broken record after watching “Russian Doll”: Natasha Lyonne finds herself washing her hands, looking at the mirror at her friend’s bathroom as the song blasts out!) or Sony and Cher’s “I got you babe”. This book also stayed loyal to this tradition and our hero’s day starts with the same and meaningful song: “How To Save A life” as like an omen how his entire day meant for!
Dom wakes up every god damn June 11th suffering from hangover, chatting with his best friend Lance how he feels so stressful because today is the day he’ll go on a date with Mia and he still loves her but he may have unrequited feelings. Then he goes outside, sees homeless guy Chuck ( just like Bill Murray does, he connects with the man and learns his back story, trying to help with him!), then he runs away from his old insurance policy salesman friend played by Stephen Tobolowsky! Okay, I was just teasing! There was no salesman. I wanted to make sure you keep reading. Instead of stepping into mud puddle or seeing a salesman, Dominic saves Amanda from being hit by a car instinctively, getting her email address and moves to his workplace.
This is his routine every nine version of June 11th (at some parts he also visited the psychiatrist like Groundhog day’s Phil did and he also had MRI but nothing is wrong about his health and he is not delusional!)
Here is the million dollar question: Could Dominic get himself out of this time loop and save his love of his life? Could he finally learn Mia’s big secret? Could the lovers have second chance for their HEA?
The ending of the book was predictable and I’m not gonna tell more. I think I already told enough!
Overall: I only cut my one point because of obvious conclusion but I have to admit this was truly meaningful time loop story tells us how you seize your days and how important to have people you may hold on in your lives. I liked the message of the story even though it broke my heart into tiny little pieces. I’m giving my emotional, gripping, surprising, heartfelt four stars!
This duo surprised me a lot with their brilliant writing and their amazing tribute to Groundhog Day. I already read their thriller books but I think they are also good at writing beautiful, poignant, romantic stories. I have to congratulate them for their creative skills to write at different genres adroitly.
So much thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for sharing this remarkable ARC with me in exchange my honest review.