Pages - 360
Published by Harper Collins in 2009
How could they have made such a mistake? It wasn't possible that I had a husband and four children I couldn't remember. I couldn't have forgotten something like that! This simply had to be a a bad dream after all - a very real seeming dream that would evaporate when I awoke.
Jessica, a single, career girl gets struck by lightening whilst walking her dog and wakes up in hospital to find that she is a different person. She has become Lauren, a wife to a domineering husband and a mother to four children. She cannot believe that it has happened.
When she finally falls asleep, she wakes up as Jessica again. She quickly discovers that she is living two lives. Whilst Jessica sleeps, she becomes Lauren and then when Lauren sleeps, she becomes Jessica.
This plays havoc with both lives and you cannot help but sit back and watch Jessica/Lauren cope with a demanding career in one life and a demanding family in another.
This would not normally be the type of book I would read as I am not a huge fan of chick lit. There is nothing wrong with chick lit and I used to read a lot of it years ago, it just doesn't hit the right spot anymore. So I was a little apprehensive to read this book that was lent to me. My friend was aware that I had recently read The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski, which involved a woman waking up in a different body, so she thought this one would appeal to me. My god, was she right! I absolutely loved this book. It seems that magical realism has reached the chick lit genre and is settling in quite nicely. I was gripped by this book from page one and found myself flying through the pages, desperate to see what would happen to Lauren/ Jessica by the end. I really really enjoyed it.
Jessica takes to the the double life quite quickly and she makes it look easy. She reminded me of mums who try and juggle work and home life, how they pack everything in during a 24 hour period.
The story has quite a few twists and turns and the ending was really not what I expected. There were a couple of incidences within the book where I felt that the emotion wasn't true to the experience, but I will let the author off, as I really did enjoy the book.
If you are looking for a nice and easy read with a touch of magical realism, then this is the book for you. Enjoy!