What would you do to save the life of your only child?
That answer is written across the pages of Back Again, by Susan May. Back Again is the story of Dawn, a mother who has a strange ability that shows up at the absolute worst of times. On one normal, regular day something terrible happens and she finds herself living the event over and over and over again.
But this tale is more than some dog day afternoon. Back Again carries a great determination and a form of forgiveness- even a bit of redemption. All very good qualities to have in a novel, but was the story good? Yes.
The cogs on the cover look fab, but it didn't really take on the feel of the story to me. Good looking cover, but didn't put it all together, considering there were so many alternate possibilities for the story to end with. Anyway, the story was excellent and emotional. To have to go through everything Dawn did, I'd have lost my mind!
Back Again was deep and brooding at times. I found it a bit wordy at times, but nothing that hurt the story. I can say that the constant repetition was beginning to annoy me, but it was necessary for the story to finally come to it's fruitful ending. I wish there'd been more on Kylie's part. She seemed to bring more the to tale at the end, especially when it's discovered, she too was experiencing Dawn's phenomenon. It was like, "Ooooo, I love that!" but then it was over. I don't know if Kylie even began to realize there was a lesson in there- other than saving a boy's life. But oh no, I"ve said too much! NO SPOILERS!
Now because I received this as an audiobook, I have to make just one complaint: Anne Johnstonbrown. It's not that her voice didn't match up, it's just that her rendition of children vs teenagers and adult voices was awful! And then she read some portions of the narration in the child's voice, when it was suppose to be the narrative. It was painful to deal with, but it wasn't throughout the entire story, just parts. If she had simply read, it probably would have been boring, but when you're switching up, you have to do it at the right time, or the listener (me) will get confused. I almost switched to the ebook, but I did a lot of running that day. I needed the audio.
So all in all, I really enjoyed the tale. So-So narration, but good read. Check out Back Again while I move on to the next read!
Createspace Independent Publishing
April 6, 2016
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