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29 January 2015

NETBA Review: My Second Life by Faye Bird

The first time I was born, I was Emma. 
I was beautiful. I had everything to live for. 

But I died.

Now I have been born a second time, and my previous life haunts me. Because in it I think I did something very wrong. I must find out what I did to Catherine. I must uncover the truth about Emma...

Intriguing, compelling, heartbreaking. 

What if your past life could shatter your future?

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5 Words: Life, death, moving-on, family, guilt.

I thought that this book was great, it was fantastic.

But it was missing that special something that could have made it absolutely amazing. And that annoyed me a little because the idea, the concept behind this storyline, means that it could have so easily been breathtaking.

Saying that, I did enjoy this an awful lot.

I loved how twisted some of the relationships were and I loved the internal conflict with Ana/Emma, the exploration of identity.

This isn't a light, fluffy, happy read. It's dark and it's a little brooding and it really makes you stop and think. At the same time it also explores family relationships and what it is to be a daughter/mother.

It reminded me a little of Looking for JJ even though it's very VERY different. I think it was something about the style, how the narrator was almost reminiscing about the past but still slightly unsure about everything and absolutely terrified of it.

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