After I've Gone By Linda Green
15th June 2017, e-book 27th July 2017, paperback original, £7.99
A gripping new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed
‘Enjoyable, original and intriguing’ B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
STATUS UPDATE: You have 18 months left to live . . .
On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate?
Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. Jess is instantly besotted with him. But when new posts suggest her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist.
While My Eyes Were Closed: ‘I wanted to compare the author to Gillian Flynn or Alice Sebold... Linda Green is bloody brilliant!’ - Amanda Prowse, #1 bestselling author ‘The suspense becomes quite unbearable and there’s a final flourish in the form of a very punchy twist. A terrifyingly plausible story’ - Sunday Mirror ‘Clever and compelling... this is a brave story, which is touching right down to the final word.’ - Dorothy Koomson ‘A powerful and provocative read that will get under your skin’ - Sun
I actually read this in one day by the aide of sync on my Ipad and Iphone. I either had one in my hand or another whilst waiting in the car, waiting at the doctors, waiting for supper to cook.
I was glued.
Jess Mount is 22 years old. She lives a nice relatively quiet life with her dad. Her Mother passed away and Jess found this hard to deal with, she had a bit of a breakdown.
Sadie is Jess best friend, she is strong, loyal and loves Jess to bits very supportive and protective of her.
This is the age of cyberland, social media at its best. Namely, Facebook.
Whilst Jess posts normal stuff to her wall, there is something tragically puzzlingly wrong.
Her Facebook posts have skipped forward 18months, how can that happen? You can't go forward. This happens after she meets Lee, Mr Perfect.
She is now living side by side with Facebook, each time logging on to see her future unfolding.
Its unsettling, its made her anxious, of course it has, is this for real? Or is she having another breakdown.
She shows Sadie, only Sadie can't see it. No screen shots, nothing will show it up as proof.
Lee seems to be the perfect boyfriend, pays her lots of attention, compliments, kind, giving and supportive. Hes everything she needs right now.
alongside this is the revelation that she is dead, yes DEAD. On facebook at least. What's happening, who is doing this, how could this happen, is she going mad?
Tributes from her Father
Heartfelt pour outs from Sadie, its all there. But how did she die.
This plays on her mind all the time. She refuses to look at her Facebook wall. But come on, its tempting right? Even if it scares you witless.
I just had to keep on reading and reading, who or what is happening and is this really going to happen to her?
I got so annoyed at Jess, I wanted her to just see what was happening in front of her eyes as the story unfolded. I wanted to grab her and shake her WAKE UP....
You can change this, you do have the power to change this.
I enjoyed this so much its shot up my charts of what I have read this year, for sure.
Linda Green is an award-winning journalist and has written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday and the Big Issue. Linda lives in West Yorkshire.
• While My Eyes Were Closed has sold more than 400,000 copies across all editions
• It was the fourth bestselling ebook of the first half of 2016