How To Save A Life by Eva Carter

A story of survival, acceptance and love which will stay with you long after reading!

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.

How To Save A Life by Eva Carter
480 Pages
Published 27th May 2021

Opening Line: Imagine a room with a hundred people in it: a packed pub, maybe, full of people you know and care about.

Sometimes saving a life is only the start of the story . . .

It’s nearly midnight on the eve of the millennium when eighteen-year-old Joel’s heart stops. A school friend, Kerry, performs CPR for almost twenty exhausting minutes, ultimately saving Joel’s life, while her best friend Tim freezes, unable to help.

That moment of life and death changes the course of all three lives over the next two decades: each time Kerry, Joel and Tim believe they’ve found love, discovered their vocation, or simply moved on, their lives collide again.

. . . Because bravery isn’t just about life or death decisions; it’s also about how to keep on living afterwards.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Let me kick things off by saying that this will be going on my top ten books of 2021 list!

This is a character driven story as each chapter follows either Kerry, Joel or Tim during a period in their life which are all perfectly interlinked as the years go by. I completely fell in love with Joel and I was desperate for him to succeed after everything that had happened to him.

The story will take you on a roller coaster of emotions from heartache to frustration at the choices that some of the characters make. Whilst we take this journey with the three of them there is also a very important message and that is about the importance of CPR. I loved how this book explored not just the moment Kerry saved Joel’s life but also how this event was life changing to not just Joel but Kerry too, and even Tim.

I’ll admit I wasn’t fond of Tim to begin with but his story was important and I did grow to like him as he matured later on. Each of these characters dealt with some tough situations in their lives which the author handled with care.

This book will stay with you long after reading, as will the each of the characters. They felt like friends of mine and I couldn’t put the book down as I desperately needed to know that they were all going to be ok – I just wanted each of them to be happy.

Overall this is a story about love, survival, acceptance and finding out who as a person you want to be in life. Such a tender and beautiful story that I encourage everyone to read.

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