About the Book:
Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.
Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?
As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.
We've heard it said that someone is their own worst enemy. In this book Rosie comes to see that yes, things in her life have not always gone well, but she has had plenty of joy and plenty of chance to make something of herself. It has been her choices that have held her back.
The book begins with Rosie being hit by a bus. Was it suicide or an accident or...? As Rosie lies in her hospital bed, the doctors give her three days. After that, they tell her family, it will be time to make some decisions. She will need a tracheotomy and a feeding tube, and will be moved to a long term care facility, unless, of course, she wakes up. Rosie is in a coma; while she can hear those around her, she cannot communicate with them.
During those three days Rosie is visited by people who have been in her life but are now deceased. As the ghosts in A Christmas Carol do, they show her episodes from her past. But why these episodes?
At the same time, Rosie's sister, Daisy, is trying to figure out if this was a suicide attempt, or not. She gets Rosie's phone, searches her apartment and follows the clues to people who meant something to Rosie, the same people Rosie is visiting.
While this book did not grab me emotionally the way Woods' Something Like Happy did, I enjoyed it and give it a B+.