- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus (14 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781857148
- ISBN-13: 978-1781857144
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (921 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story Of Us Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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'Genuinely moving ... every character is immaculately thought out. Once you start reading it, you won't stop' Heat.
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About the Author
Dani Atkins lives with her family in a small village in Hertfordshire with two elderly cats and one very excitable border collie. Her first novel, FRACTURED, was published by Head of Zeus in 2013.
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Top Customer Reviews
As with Fractured, The Story of Us starts with a bang with a tragic accident that leaves Emma and those around her heartbroken. It is through this accident that Emma meets Jack who saves her life. Their connection with one another is definitely a strong one, but is that just because of the accident? And besides, Richard is the man she loves.....Or is there something more there?
I was instantly hooked by The Story of Us just like I was with Fractured and from then on it was unputdownable. Dani really is a brilliant storyteller. It is so easy to get swept up in her books and feel like you are one of the characters. Her stories always manage to be so different to everyone else's and I think that is what makes them so special.
I honestly did not know where this story was going to go. Dani very cleverly throws you off the scent as to which man Emma will choose and even right up until the very last second, I still had no idea how it was going to end.
What I particularly liked about this is that it was split up into five parts and at the beginning of each part we get a little snippet into what the outcome was. I loved these bits and I desperately tried to look for clues, but even in these bits, Dani has you jumping to the very wrong conclusions.
Although I still think Fractured is Dani's best book, I still absolutely loved The Story of Us and it still gets five stars from me.
I really liked Emma as a heroine. She is sensible and realistic and doesn't seem too scared to go for what she wants and what is right! She does make some slightly dodgy decisions along the way but I was rooting for her. There are a couple if love interests in the story as well and I don't have anything against them but I really loved Emma's friends and the part that they played in the novel-it wouldn't have been the same without them!
As I've said-I really liked the structure of this novel, but found the storyline emotionally draining. It seemed a bit like, whenever something went right for Emna, something else came along & knocked her back dine again. Now I know that this is how life works but I really wanted some good luck for her... The ending as well wasn't what I'd hoped it would be-not giving anything away!Read more ›
The story starts with the end, Emma getting ready for a wedding; which I quickly began to think could be her own. You as a reader are then transported back to learn about ‘The Story of Us’ We are thrown into a fast paced scene which leads to a tragic accident and one that had me hooked right from the first few pages.
Although the accident includes Emma and her two friends Amy and Caroline and all is not well for them, I felt that I was able to really connect with the characters and got to know them well. The story was definitely an emotional one; one in which really makes you question decisions in your life and wonder what if… Reading the side story about Emma’s mum was one that got to me personally, I have experienced this first hand with another member of the family and know how distraught it can make you feel. (I don’t want to say too much as to spoil the book for you.)
I loved Jack in the story, he was such a hero and he comes across as someone genuine and completely different to Richard. Saying this I warmed to Richard towards the end; he managed to make me see a different side of him along with Emma. I feel that he too was truly sorry and perhaps not the same man as he once was. I also loved all the smaller characters in the story such as Monique, Emma’s boss at a bookstore.Read more ›
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Loved this book! Beautifully written, kept me engaged and surprised throughout!Published 1 month ago by Kayleigh Neate
Loved it, could not put this book down, fantastic story even though it was a sad one but kept me gripped from start to finish, this is the second one of Dani's books I have read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by joanne
The actual story was really good and I enjoyed the switch between present day and retrospective but I was so disappointed by the ending :o(Published 2 months ago by Kate, The Antoine Fan
I've never reviewed a book before but feel that through the tears I need to say that this was a pleasure to read..... I bought it on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sazzle