I was gifted this book at the Headline New Voices event, and I was lucky enough to meet the man himself – Dominic Nolan. What a guy, I had such a blast talking to him. Dominic is a lovely guy and it was a pleasure to be lucky enough to have the opportunity to read and review his book.

Synopsis

Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything.
Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape.

Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.

Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.

Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?

My Review

First of all, it takes a very talented writer to convince you that you’re reading a true story when in fact, it is a work of fiction. Several times I had to remind myself that this isn’t a real story. (Although, is probably similar to someone’s story somewhere). So, kudos to Dominic’s writing style and his ability to do this in his book.

Past Life follows our main character, Abigail Boone, who wakes up in a room with a dead girl in the corner. She doesn’t know where she is, how she got there and more frighteningly who she is. All she knows is that she’s in danger, there’s another woman in the flat being attacked at present and she needs to get the hell out of there, right this second!

Boone is a cop, working on misper cases, and has been missing for several days when she finally escapes said flat with the other woman. When Boone finally wakes up at the hospital, it turns out she has retrograde amnesia and cannot remember anything from her past life. Not her childhood, her parents, her job, her husband, she can’t even remember her own son.

Past Life follows Boone trying to piece together what happened to her and how she ended up where she did, all whilst trying to solve the missing persons case she was working on before she went missing.

I loved this book. It was completely original (to anything I’ve ever read anyway) and although I didn’t fly through this like I thought I would, I also couldn’t put it down.

It took me several days to get through this book. Dominic’s writing style keeps you wanting more, and I never wanted to put the book down. However, due to the nature of the story, I did find myself having to walk away from the book on occasion to take a breather, whether that be for a couple hours or until the next day.

It’s an intense story, and combined with Dominic’s extremely visual writing style, you can find yourself gasping in shock, squirming with some scenes and, on occasion, I found myself tearing up because of some of the situations that were happening. It’s so hard to tell you exactly how this book made me feel without giving too much away. But I loved it nonetheless.

I have also recently seen on one of Dominic’s tweets, that Abigail Boone shall be back, so this shall be a series (unclear at this time whether that will be a duology or will become something more). So, I’m really looking forward to that. Excited to see what other bother Boone gets herself into.

Thank you again to Headline and Dominic Nolan for gifting me with this book at the New Voices event in January.

I give this book a huge 5/5 stars.

Steph xoxo