The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods
From the author of Something Like Happy comes an uplifting and emotionally compelling novel about a woman in a coma fighting for a second chance at life, love and happiness.
Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.
Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?
As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.
With bighearted emotion and comic sensibility, The Inbetween Days is a life-affirming novel about the little choices that determine our fate and our ever-enduring hope for the future.
The Inbetween Days was definitely an interesting read. I loved how all of the little choices that Rosie makes have a sort of butterfly effect and end up changing things for the people around her.
Rosie is in a coma and no one knows if she got hit by the bus by accident or if she threw herself in front of it on purpose. While in the coma, Rosie revisits certain pivotal memories in her life that help her to put her life into perspective, though by her own account, her life was pretty miserable.
I like how Rosie’s successes eventually become defined differently, not simply by how society as a whole would see them, but by how what she did inspired other people.
One of the issues I did have was how suicide was handled as a purely selfish thing instead of as a symptom of a larger mental health issue.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ for a review copy of this book.