After I’ve Gone by Linda Green is a modern day thriller. Jess Mount, after loosing her mum to cancer, when she was a teenager, struggled with the everyday life. She saw danger lurking everywhere, in the young train driver, who might be speeding or an older one, who may fall asleep and crush the train. She avoided sitting in the last and first carriages as people were more likely to die there if the train did have an accident. She told her psychiatrist that the precautions she was taking were no different than people doing routine check ups at the doctor’s and eating healthy diets. Her anxiety got worse and she ended up under observation in a psychiatric facility.
Some years later, as a young woman, feeling comparably better, thanks to the care of her loving father and her best friend Saddie, she holds a job as a hostess in a small local cinema and enjoys the time spent watching movies and chatting with Saddie. Her past experiences gave her strength that her friend admires.
One day Jess phones Saddie, asking why did she post such an unnerving comment on her Facebook page, post saying that she was sorry to have learned of her death. Saddie denies writing anything like that, and they both figure that someone must have hacked Jess’ computer, as no such post appears on Saddie’s account. As time passes by, more posts pop up on her Facebook page, carrying a future date a year or so from the present time, and what’s more, Jess is the only one who can see them. Jess reads heartbreaking posts from her father, her best friend, her relatives and work colleagues, all paying her tribute and remembering fondly, shocked at her early passing. Jess stops mentioning them to Saddie, having been unable to prove their existence, she doesn’t want to worry her friend, who is starting to worry about her mental health, she lies that the posts have stopped.
She learns that in the short period of time before her death, she married the man whom she has only met recently, and furthermore she got pregnant and gave birth to their baby boy Harrison. She sees pictures of him and is besotted. She fears that if she does anything to try and change her future in order to avoid her death, her son may never be born and she cannot let that happen.
I liked that the book was set in the modern days, the Facebook era, how it shows a new phenomenon of social media grieving, and how apart from the glimpse into the future, the book describes very real and unfortunately still present issue.
It was definitely a good read, 3 computer keyboards , monitors or cables.
Computer keyboards, monitors or cables rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time