In Eva Carter's How to Save a Life, saving a life is only the start of the story . . .
'A sweeping, brave, epic love story. I was hooked from the very first page' - Josie Silver, author of One Night on the Island
Eighteen-year-old Kerry has had a crush on Joel for years, but knows he's out of her league. Then something extraordinary happens: minutes before midnight on the eve of the millennium, Joel collapses and Kerry saves his life.
As Kerry supports Joel through his recovery, they discover a connection neither of them anticipated – until, haunted by what might have been, he abruptly ends their relationship.
Over the course of the next two decades, the two are bound by that moment of life and death; each time they believe they’ve found love, discovered their vocation, or simply moved on, their lives collide again. But Joel got a second chance at life; will Kerry get a second chance at love?
Because bravery isn’t just about life or death decisions; it’s also about what happens next . . .
'I couldn't put it down until I reached the final page' - Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare
Carter (a pseudonym for English author Kate Harrison) serves up a heartfelt if uneven love story that turns on a love triangle and a health crisis. On New Year's Eve in 1999, a group of Brighton, England, high school classmates gather to celebrate. Golden boy Joel, already on track for a career in the Premier League, collapses during a pickup game. Kerry (who harbors a secret crush on Joel) and Tim (who has a secret crush on Kerry) both hope to become doctors, and have already undergone first response training. But while Kerry remains coolheaded and successfully performs CPR, Tim is paralyzed by inaction only to accept most of the credit after Joel survives. Joel, who suffers from a previously unknown heart ailment, grows bitter when he learns his soccer aspirations are over for good. Kerry and Tim, too, are shaped both personally and professionally by how each chose to respond in Joel's moment of crisis. This dynamic continues to play out over the course of the next 18 years, as romantic relationships are complicated by addiction, infidelity, and jealousy, and one leg of the love triangle eventually falls off. While the novel's earlier portions plod along and its last quarter feels hurried, Carter delivers plenty of drama. Readers will champion these characters' efforts to find themselves.
How to save a life
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the premise of it. I was really invested in Joel and Kerry (less so Tim who irritated me). Definitely worth a read. You might learn something.
Loved this so much!
Brilliant and thought provoking
Loved it, couldn’t stop reading as just had to know what was going to happen next. Made you think about how fragile life is and how we should appreciate what we have.