Meet Me in Another Life
by Catriona Silvey
Narrated by Kristin Atherton
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Pub Date 8 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2021
HarperCollins UK Audio, HarperVoyager
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’Beautifully explored and deeply complex’ Gal Gadot
Joyful, devastating, and profound, Meet Me in Another Life is a story of love and connection in every possible form that will captivate fans of Stuart Turton, Claire North, and Audrey Niffenegger.
Thora and Santi have met before…
Under the clocktower in central Cologne, with nothing but the stars above and their futures ahead.
They will meet again…
They don’t know it yet, but they’ll meet again: in numerous lives they will become friends, colleagues, lovers, enemies – meeting over and over for the first time, every time; each coming to know every version of the other.
Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.
But as they’re endlessly drawn together and the lines between their different lives begin to blur, they are faced with one question: why?
They must discover the truth of their strange attachment before this, and all their lives, are lost forever.
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This book faintly reminds me of the Midnight Library by Matt Haig, but is SO much better. The story is truly unique, surreal and unforgettable: A story with elements of parallel universes, space and time travel; plus multiple lifetimes which all differ, despite each lifetime having the same characters interacting in different ways. These blended concepts make a truly fascinating and riveting story - one where the ending is surprising. I absolutely could not stop listening. It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel - and one which would make a great movie. I can't wait to see what this Author's next novel will deliver.
I couldn't be more thrilled to receive an advance copy - thanks to HarperCollins and NetGallery.
This book was an amazing and mind-bending journey! Not at all what I expected, in the best way possible.
The story begins with Thora and Santi meeting in Cologne in many different lives and they play different roles in each one - as friends, lovers, siblings, parent/child and many more. They start to wonder why they are drawn to each other and why certain things keep recurring in each of their lives. Up until this point I would have rated this story as an interesting 4 star read.. but once they start to figure out what is happening the story just explodes! I would like to read or listen to it again because it is the kind of story that really makes you think about things differently. Netgalley's description of the book was "Joyful, devastating, and profound" and this is entirely accurate!
Catriona Silvey has a beautiful, soft writing style which gives us room to absorb the emotion and weight of the story, and Kristin Atherton's narration of the audiobook was fantastic: her accent alone would have me on board, but her narration was also emotional, gripping and thought provoking.
Oh Thora and Santi, how you pulled me into your lives. Your many, many, many, many lives. Hook, line and sinker.
There’s echos of The Time Traveller’s Wife, Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Groundhog Day in this beautiful story, but it’s more. They are souls that are intertwined - across many different lives and universes, and you’re constantly trying to figure out why. They’re friends at uni, teacher and student, lovers, foster father and daughter, police partners and also enemies. The breadth of Silvey’s imagination for their many lives is just amazing. I loved how her leads question fate, religion, relationships, (and their own sanity!) But also, what makes you, you? Would we be different people if we made different decisions or our parents chose not to travel to a certain place. This gives our leads the chance to test this out.
The emotions run high through this and I really didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want to leave Thora and Santi behind. I’m not gonna lie - this one had me crying. Big fat, snotty tears and it’s made it to me all time favourite reads list and my rope read of the year so far. One I’ll also read again.
Kudos should also be given to Atherton for her excellent narration. How she’s able to give Thora and Santi many different voices is simply amazing!!
There is a twist (the big reveal) that I think some readers might not be happy about. I didn’t see it coming, and for me it didn’t ruin the story. In fact, it made the ending all the more heartbreaking. I don’t want to spoil it but I will say that the tenderness and love that they show to each other at the end is just..... wow! Words fail me. So beautiful and heartbreaking.
In short: buy this book. Read this book. You will love this book!
I can only start to describe what an emotional wreck I am after finishing this beautiful masterpiece of a story. Going in it seems like any other romance story with a time defying twist, but this tale is so much more! How two people’s love transcends time and space, not just the usual romantic type of love you would assume, but every love imaginable that our souls revolve around.
Catriona Silvey's words take you from this life into the character's again and again and again. Letting your mind connect with and experience every word, emotion, and love they feel. I must admit that I have never read an adult fiction book that has moved me emotional in my soul, as much as this masterpiece of love through time. You can read each life cycle as its own story; then connect them all together to create a universe of existences that Catriona's writing makes you believe like you have lived them yourself.
Addictive to read with flowing and well written chapters and an outstandingly beautiful story. I cannot recommend this remarkable book enough to anyone who is seeking a love story like no other written before. Whether you listen to it on audiobook with the narrator fully enveloping you in the story; or there the page of the physical copy, this the 2021 adult fiction book to read.
A massive thank you to Netgallery, HarperCollins UK Audio and HarperVoyager for sending me an audiobook arc, and of the course to the author for writing a story that has touched my soul and my heart.
What an astonishing, mesmerising read. This book moved me far more deeply than I expected to be moved, and somehow made me question who I thought I was, and what I might know about the world. It’s a rare and remarkable thing that a book allows you to do that. A work of science fiction driven by love and by rich, complex characters. My favourite kind! A must for readers of Becky Chambers and Clare North.
(Please note I listened to the audiobook at the same time as reading the book - a little trick I learned to help me stay focussed!!!)
Wow! This book is so deep. Thora and Santi are stuck- their lives keep colliding. Stuck in a reoccurring simulation or something just as weird. This book covers so many of their lives and how they try to work out what is happening. Science and faith are explored well in this book. Both Thora and Santi are so different yet have so much in common, they need each other. They have gone through so much together and they can’t stop until they figure out what’s really going on. An unexpected ending, but I felt it worked well.
I listened to this book as an audio book and really enjoyed the narrators version of the book. Her voices added to the reality of the characters.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for approving me for an ARC of this book.
I have to begin with a huge applause to Kristin Atherton for the fantastic narration. As a listener she drew me in and I felt that the voices she gave to Thora and Santi were brilliant. She captured their personality and made them recognisable. All the different accents were delivered flawlessly and her ability to portray the emotion and different aged voices was exceptional.
When I had finished this book I sat and pondered my review for a few days. What could I possible say about this story that showed how much I loved it. The entire concept was unique, well developed and unlike anything I had ever read before. The first part of the story we see Thora and Santi in may different lives, being many different things to each other. As a reader I was confused about what was going on but in a good way. I felt like one of the characters in their story trying to fit together the puzzle pieces and nothing could explain what was happening.
Once we hit part two things started to become clearer and I loved the way it was all heading. Santi and Thora tortured themselves and each other showing many different sides to them, I loved their imperfections and the ongoing debates. I often found myself siding with Santi but I think that is because I’m an optimist at heart.
The final part of the story was packed with emotion and drama that gave me the perfect finish. I was addicted to the story and stayed up very late to finally learn the reason behind Thora and Santi’s fate. As characters I loved them and felt fully invested in each of their stories. Out of the two I felt that Santi sometimes got the raw end of the deal, he seemed to have some very hard lives but kept the optimism that things would get better. The ending ultimately broke my heart and left me speechless.
As soon as I finished this epic story I went back through and reread a few chapters again. It was amazing to see all the little breadcrumbs that had been left behind and carried forward in each of the stories. When describing this book to my husband I related back to some movies that we’d both seen. This was Interstellar meets Inception meets The Time Traveller’s Wife; a story of life, our choices, fate and all the in between.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins U.K. Audio for providing me with the audio version of Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey.
This book is an enigma, wrapped in a mystery with love, drama, and adventure, that you gradually work through like peeling the layers of an onion until you reach the core. Told from the voices of the two key protagonists Santi and Thora, who unite, and circle around each other across multiple lives, until one life they realise that there is more to their lives than just this.
The multiple stories of their lives are always drawn to Cologne, where they always find each other - as brother and sister, lovers, enemies, father and daughter, mentor and student and more.
To say this book is a mystery is very true, and it deserves the reader’s patience as it cycles through their multiple lives - if you read/listen carefully there are Easter eggs dropped throughout the story that lead to ‘ah’ moments later. This concept is key to the book’s character and definitely a foundation for the growth of both Thora and Santi’s characters. Their arc is complex, enriching, joyful, heartbreaking and totally fascinating.
Without ruining this book for you, I would highly recommend it and I must say that the audio version is well told. The narrator portrays both characters in such an eloquent and appropriate manner, which for me was a joy to listen to. Trust me, there are certain narrators that I won’t listen to. This story is told brillianty and walks the fine line to achieve exactly what it should - a unique storyline that is not overdone!