|Random House UK, Cornerstone|
March 28 2013
Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted?
This is an interesting look at one women’s unease, both with herself and with her life. Trapped into an unequal and disinterested marriage, Laura has stopped doing all the things she once dreamed of, and although she doesn't know how unhappy she is, all it takes is the chance meeting in a hotel lobby with a stranger, and the five days that follow show Laura just how magical life can still be if only you are prepared to follow your heart.
Beautifully written from the beginning Five Days is one of my favourite Douglas Kennedy books to date. He gets into Laura’s character so perfectly that the book could so easily have been written by a female author. The interpretation throughout is flawless and the ability to dissect the minutiae of everyday life is exemplary. With its combination of regret, fidelity, family values and second chances, this story really tugs at your heart strings, and the conclusion, when it comes, is skilfully completed.
My thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my review copy of this book