The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd

*I received a ebook copy of this novel for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Lauren Pailing was just thirteen the first time she died, but only she didn’t die, at least not in the traditional sense. Each time she dies she is reborn into a new life, each life has it’s own differences, but one fact remains the same. In each life Peter Stanning goes missing, and in every life she is drawn to finding him.

Wow, wow, wow! I don’t know how to put into words how much I loved this novel. Alyson has an amazing writing style that really grips you and pulls you into the plot. My favourite thing about this novel was how multifaceted it was, for the most part owing to the books theme of transitioning between lives after death. This lead to a wide mixture of story-lines that simply would not be possible within many novels, therefore constantly providing the reader with something new, something to make you think or feel, or just something to enjoy.

The plot was well paced, each section well calculated, telling you just enough but keeping you wondering what would come next, what was really happening to Lauren Pailing? I also liked the mixture of characters, lots of which were explored in depth, giving the reader a sense of who they are, making them far more than just a passing minor role in the web of this intricate novel.

Overall this was a fantastic novel, easily one of my favourites this year. I cannot wait to read more works by this author, and what a showstopper of a debut novel this was! I would recommend this to fans of adult fiction full of twists, readers who like to be kept on their toes, and for those looking for something with real raw emotion.

This novel is due to be published on the 11th of July 2019.


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