Thursday, July 09, 2020

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (audio)

Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Narrator: Timothy Andres Pabon
Published: July 2020, Brilliance Audio / Lake Union Publishing
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes / 303 pages
Source: Audio - Brilliance Audio / Print - ARC Paperback via Kathleen Carter Communications

The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love? 

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancĂ©e whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

My thoughts:  I adore Liz and Lisa's books...I've been a fan for quite some time and have even met the writing duo a few times in person. So of course, I was quite thrilled to get their latest book. But, I have to say, I was a little skeptical when I saw that it had a Groundhog Day theme...I'll be honest - that's not exactly my favorite movie BUT rest assured, I ended up enjoying the book despite it's similarities.

This book is more in style with the authors earlier books, but still with just a little hint of suspense that they have recently been writing. It's a refreshingly beautiful love story that reminds us that we don't always see what is in front of us as we are busy rushing around to get to the next thing. 

This writing duo has such a way of creating characters that you cannot help but completely fall in love with. As we relive day after day with Dom, it's hard not to become attached to him and want things to work out. I thought I had worked out how this book was going to end, but I was absolutely not prepared for the ending. 

This whole book is such a pleasant surprise and I enjoyed the entire journey. It's emotional, it's thought-provoking and it's inspiring. I highly recommend picking this one up - you won't be disappointed!

Audio thoughts: I listened to this book and thought Timothy Andres Pabon did a fantastic job with the narration. He really brought this book to life and gave each character their own unique voice. Being that the whole story is narrated from Dom's point of view, it made sense to have a male narrator and Timothy Andres Pabon was a great choice. His pacing and intonation were spot on and he really infused just the right amount of emotion and tension in his voice when needed. 


1 comment

  1. This audio book sounds intense. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, Kristin. I am intrigued by the idea of a writing duo and how that works.

    Please stop by my blog when you can--I'd love to learn more about your reading during the pandemic.


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