Book Review//In Five Years

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Goodreads Synopsis:

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. 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 by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Published: March 10, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I fell in love with this book almost immediately. I was not expecting the story to be what it was, the synopsis left a considerable amount of plot lines out. I will try not to spoil what happens, but it had me crying due to personal experiences with the subject matter mentioned.

I read this novel fairly quickly, which I believe speaks to the flow and the novel. I wanted to keep reading as I was getting more invested and drawn into the story by the characters and their development throughout the novel. The writing style and the flow of the words seemed to come effortless to Serle.

In Five Years made me question everything about my life – where I am currently, where I want to be in three years, in five years, in ten years. It made me appreciate my friends and family even more. I wanted to take a step back and critically examine my life and determine if I’m truly happy. This was a soul searching book for me. I took away a considerable amount of life lessons and a new outlook on my life after this book.

I needed a box of tissues beside me while I read this novel. Once I started to cry, I couldn’t stop. This novel triggered me in a way I did not expect, it came as a shock to me. I would love to go into more details about this, but that would cause me to give away a critical plot point. Just know that I had to put this book down so I could re-gather myself and my thoughts.

What I didn’t like… Nothing. I can’t pin point what was awful about this novel, I loved every tear-soaked minute of it. I liked the characters, the plot, the flow, the writing style, everything. I know that once this book is published on March 10 I’m snagging a copy then I’ll make a pot of tea, grab some blankets and tissues and curl up to read this amazing novel.

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