Delighted to bring you my own thoughts on In Five Years. It is out on the 10th of March and I really urge you to pre-order today. A heart stay book that I am beyond grateful that I got to spend time with. Read my review below.
In Five Years
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…
Review by Kelly Lacey
It is causing me great angst in how I can review this beautiful book without any spoilers. Don’t worry I won’t, I just have to work my way around it.
So I went into the book knowing nothing, I didn’t read the back of the book. I just liked the cover and I was taken in by the tag line which reads “ This is a love story but not the love story you’re expecting”.
The main character is Dannie Kohan, she is in her twenties and living life with her boyfriend David in New York. They are both career-driven and Dannie likes to plan life out. But the universe has other roads for Dannie to travel. Side note Dannie likes whitefish bagels, which I had to google. I get that the hint is in the title “whitefish” but I wondered if it was something extra special.
Rebecca Serle did something really unique in writing a story that I have never read before. Most love stories have the same ingredients just mixed around a little with either two results. In Five Years is not that kind of recipe. Also, she gave me a different reading experience, the writing is so good I finished it in the wee small hours of the night. I was left with a sense of WOW and just floored by the journey I had just been on in two hours.
This book is one of those self-reflecting ones. It hits home and you start to think of the people who matter to you in your own life. It hasn’t left me since I finished it last week. This is one book you will want on your bookcases. In amongst the keep books that don’t get given away or leant out.
I have no negative thoughts about the book, my only wonder was would it work without chapter three. Was chapter three necessary? If you have read the book, please let me know if you think it was or wasn’t.
I see this book being a major movie in a year. Streaming on Netflix and becoming a worldwide sensation. Which fills my heart with love and twinkly stars as everyone needs to feel the heartbeat of this wonderful book.
A truly outstanding read that makes you stop, reflect and take stock of your own life.
I loved it.