Quercus Books 3rd March 2020
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her goals.
That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.
It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so read… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…
I had heard great things about this book, but really was quite unsure what to expect. What I got was a marvellous read about love, life and friendship. Dannie has a dream that shakes her, she can’t shift it and it stays with her. Life goes on and she is settled, engaged and living with her fiancé, they don’t seem to be able to make time to plan the wedding but they are busy, successful young things, right?
The story is Dannie’s story, set in New York her path is clear and she knows where she is going and what she wants. But that fateful night triggered something in her – something she couldn’t control and subtly it tipped her world off kilter.
This book was an enjoyable read, the characters were mostly appealing and there was a somewhat escapist feel to lots of this book. Dannie is living the life, she is young, affluent, she has her man, her great apartment and her career is exactly on track. Her best friend Bella is her polar opposite but this friendship feels special and that is a strength of this book. The writing flows well and this is an easy and compelling read but not all a happy tale. For Dannie this is a journey of discovery, finding herself, if you like, and on this journey there is a lot of sadness and heartbreak, but I was left with a sense that she would be ok, although this wasn’t explicit with the ending left open as she moved into a new chapter of her life.
A very pleasing read which I flew through, relatively short at 250 pages and very short chapters contributed to the speed reading, but essentially I enjoyed this book a lot, it was an easy read and I didn’t want to put it down! Definitely recommended for fans of contemporary fiction.
About the Author
Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives in New York and Los Angeles. Serle co developed the hit TV adaptation of her YA series Famous in Love, and is also the author of The Dinner List, and YA novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. She received her MFA from the New School in NYC.