By: Emily Barr
Genre: YFCF - Crime & mystery fiction
Published by: Penguin
Published: 17 May 2022
ISBN: 9780241481875


You'll never meet that perfect stranger again, right? But what if you do? Again and again… A love story with a thrilling twist from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

Meeting Joe changed everything. It gave me hope… I never wanted to stop talking to him. I wanted him to tell me everything about what it was like to be him.

Ariel's accidental meeting with a handsome stranger called Joe is completely perfect; they have a connection like she's never known before. They exchange numbers and agree to meet when he is back from a trip to France. But when Ariel messages him, the number Joe gave her is disconnected. He's ghosted her. She assumes she will never see him again.

Except she does. Again and again.

Ariel returns to the place she and Joe met, and is stunned to find him there, not in France as he said he'd be, and behaving as if he has no idea who she is.

It turns out that their first meeting has been life-changing for them both, actually it's even more than that for Joe. But what do you do when - with every day that passes - you're literally growing apart from the best person you've ever known...?

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Sixteen-year-old Ariel is dealing with the death of her Mum nearly a year ago.

When she meets Joe they have an instant connection, but when she tries to contact him she discovers his number is disconnected. Has Ariel been ghosted?

It’s even weirder when she sees him again in same place the next day, he has no idea who she is, and it seems like Ariel is the only one that can communicate with him.

Without giving away too much of the story, there are so many great characters involved, and family and friendship issues that really give the story impetus, that you really want to find out what happened. And when you do, WOW! It’s a twist I did not see coming.

An absolutely unputdownable story, with themes of death, families, friendship, violence and a ghostly romance, with occasional strong language, this will be best suited to readers 15 and older.

Reviewed by Rob