'SMART, EMOTIONAL, INTRIGUING AND COMPELLING - I LOVED IT!' JILL MANSELL
'Full of twists and turns, this is a heart-breaking yet uplifting story about love and friendship, and is one of this year's must-reads' Heat magazine *****
Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day, this heart-breaking story of love, loss and life will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about destiny...
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she's well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.
That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It's the same night - December 15th - but 2025, five years in the future.
It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real... Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream...
In Five Years is a love story, brimming with joy and heartbreak. But it is definitely not the love story you're expecting.
'What a clever, beautiful, special book. The writing is stunning, the concept is so original - it just has everything going for it. I loved every page!' BETH O'LEARY, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Flatshare
'I adored In Five Years, it's so poignant and tender. It broke my heart' JOSIE SILVER, author of One Day in December
'I loved In Five Years. A beautiful, intelligent story about friendships and love' CLARE MACKINTOSH, Sunday Times bestselling author of After the End
'A rare love story with an unexpected ending' Bella magazine
'I read it in one late night. Very, very clever. And lovely. The end is EXACTLY what it should be' ANSTEY HARRIS, author The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
'In Five Years is as clever as it is moving, the rare read-in-one-sitting novel you won't forget' CHLOE BENJAMIN, author of The Immortalists
'Clever, heartbreaking and beautifully written. The perfect story' HOLLY MILLER, author of The Sight of You
'A wonderfully unique read. Clever, compelling and always surprising' HEIDI SWAIN, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Christmas Wish List
'Smart, clever and achingly beautiful. Not many love stories surprise me, but this one did. I really loved it' DANI ATKINS, bestselling author of Fractured and A Million Dreams
'An exquisite portrayal of friendship and love at its purest. Stunning' EMMA COOPER, author of The Songs of Us
*IF YOU LOVED IN FIVE YEARS, REBECCA'S NEXT HEARTBREAKER ONE ITALIAN SUMMER IS OUT NOW!*
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Here, Rebecca Serle showcases her natural ability to turn classic romantic fiction entirely on its head. A desirable career, a loving boyfriend, a beautiful New York apartment and a fabulous best friend—protagonist Dannie Kohan seems to have it all, so why does she have an intense premonition about everything falling apart? A chillingly unpredictable narrative drives the plot forward, making this a book impossible to shake. Serle beautifully dissects human relationships and the fragility of life, meandering through themes of fate and fortune. After reading this, you’ll be left questioning everything.
Serle's bewitching story of love and friendship (after The Dinner List) centers on a young woman who plans her life down to the minute until fate gets in the way. At 28, Dannie Kohan lives happily with her boyfriend, David, in a Manhattan apartment and is poised to land her dream job as a lawyer at a top firm. Dannie expects to get married by the time she's 30; right on track, David proposes, giving Dannie a ring picked out by her best friend Bella. After accepting the proposal, Dannie slips into a deep sleep and dreams of an alternate future, where everything is off-kilter. In her dream, it's the year 2025 and she lives with a man named Aaron Gregory. Upon waking, Dannie begins to second-guess her regimented course, and as the years pass, she puts off the marriage. On a rainy day in June 2025, she meets up with Bella, now a successful art dealer, and is stunned to find her accompanied by Aaron, the man from her dream. She senses a mutual recognition, and, after Bella receives devastating news, Dannie and Aaron grow closer. While the plot hinges on well-worn tropes, the deadpan prose highlights the author's keen sense of irony. Serle's whimsical tale is book club catnip. This review has been updated to remove a spoiler.
I loved that the writer established a life for the main character outside of her love interest(s) and the depth of her friendship with her best friend was so elaborate, I was starting to think that they were going to be together lol. But the ending was a little unsatisfying, Dannie abruptly came full circle at the very end.
The way the book begins, you think you already know the outcome- but it really isn’t as simple as that. Cleverly written, this is a tale of love and of friendship, of the complexities of beings, how our past experiences can shape who we are, and about being brave. Keep your hankie at the ready.
I wish for a happier ending but I kept reading for the want. Excellent writing xx