‘If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?’
If that question hasn’t got you pondering, then I don’t know what will. From the moment I saw this book splashed all over social media, I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy, and thanks to Caitlin Raynor, I did.
It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the ‘knowledge’ given to them that day – but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
What a work of art! Chloe has created such a beautifully intense story that keeps you clambering on the pages until the bitter end. I did not want this tale of four amazingly different siblings to finish, but when it did, it sent goose pimples to my skin. I loved it. I devoured it. I want to read it all over again.
The Immortalists is broken down into segments of each four children; Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya. Like most brothers and sisters, they are all chalk and cheese, so very different, but all have powers to captivate you and pull you into the centre of their universe. I loved how Chloe kept each life separate, but blended them slightly so we could see the effect they all had on each other. I got a greater understanding of the characters as individuals rather than as siblings. I got to know their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and what they really thought on the day they met the fortune teller. Will what she said come true is the question?
Chloe uses emotive language to help you live each character’s life alongside them. She made it seem so real that I was left devastated and heartbroken at times, and full of love and joy at other points. She has left me feeling that I must live my life to the fullest as there are no second chances. This is a real eye-opener of a story, a thought provoker, a book that will forever stay on my bookshelf and in my heart. I will keep this book for when my girls are old enough to understand.
The Immortalists is available to buy NOW so go, go, go…