When you are an avid reader books tend to be read, enjoyed, and then quickly forgotten.
Only a select few books are remembered and thought of long after their last page. The Immortalists By Claire Benjamin is one of those rare books. I was excited to read this novel after reading others’ rave reviews, however I went in with neutral expectations because I didn’t want to set my hopes to high. Now that I have finished the book I will say that it exceeded all expectations and I can’t stop thinking about this novel.
Without giving away too much of the plot, the story follows the lives of four siblings from childhood to adulthood. As kids they visit a psychic who informs each child individually of the day they are going to die. This encounter ends up being the most pivotal moment of each of their lives. Each child responds differently to the information they have been give, and their death dates greatly influence the decisions they make over the course of their lives.
Is knowledge always a good thing? Would you like to know the date of your own death? These are just two of the large questions I find myself still grappling with upon finishing this book. I also find myself wanting to talk about this book with anyone and everyone who has read it, so if you are in a book club or discussion group this is a must read!