Review published on August 21, 2017.
Before You Go is Clare Swatman’s debut novel and after you have read it, you will be wanting more novels from her, as I certainly do.
If you loved Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this book is definitely for you as it is very similar in style. The book starts in the here and now, with Zoe and Ed’s relationship in the present moment and then goes back to the beginning where the story begins to unfold. I don’t really want to say anything else about the story as it will spoil it for those who want to read and is hard to describe without giving the plot away.
This book will have you hooked from the beginning I read it in two days while off work on holiday and couldn’t put it down; it would be the perfect beach read. The story really does make you think about life and how different words spoken and different circumstances can change the direction you are going in and the course that your life plan is following – and that you never know what is around the corner and that one day something could happen that will change your life forever. It makes you think about those around you and how your emotions and behaviour can affect them and that life is to short to argue or be annoyed with those you are close to.
The story grabbed my attention from the first page and it featured characters that were relatable, I think a lot of people will be able to recognise Zoe and Ed in their own relationships and in themselves. The story captured my interest right from the start and took me on an emotional journey from start to finish. Be warned – you might need some tissues handy, as I shed a tear or two along the way.
Clare Swatman is definitely an author to look out for and I am sure that she will go far. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for her next book.
Helen Appleby 5/4
Before You Go by Clare Swatman
Pan 9781509824854 pbk Jul 2017
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