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Compelling, with a universal message,
This review is from: If I Touched the Earth (Kindle Edition)
While I found this story difficult to really sink my teeth into for the first few chapters, by the time I closed the book I was very glad to have pressed on and seen these characters through their emotional journeys that all tie together, even those that never share a scene.
I struggled a bit to relate to the main characters because of their decisions, and yet this is part of the reason I enjoyed reading it; it was a chance to empathise with people making choices I wouldn't have made, and seeing where it leads them. There are several fantastic character arcs and Rogerson does well to illustrate the growth and change these characters experience after the sudden death of a young man.
Exploring how death affects us is a universal concept, and as such, it can pack a pretty meaningful punch when approached with care, as Rogerson does here. Stories like this appeal because I believe it's so important to be consciously grateful for every day we have, and every moment we get to spend with our loved ones.
The overall theme resonated with me, as did the denouement. My favourite character was one introduced in the second half (the main character's boss when she takes a job in Glasgow), as he seemed the most selfless, genuine, and generous, and by this point I felt the story began to reach its stride.
It's a quiet story that makes you think and makes you grateful for what you have, and because of that I'd definitely recommend it. Rogerson is very good at getting you into the characters' heads, even if they're not somewhere you necessarily want to be--which makes it all the more compelling.