Oh boy, how do I start this review? I personally feel that it’s impossible to review In Five Years by Rebecca Serle without any spoilers but I’ll give it a try.
The book started with Dannie, with her perfect life and perfect fiancee, having a dream about something that takes place five years in the future. Had the dream really happened in real life, Dannie’s life would change – and Dannie wasn’t sure she was ready for it. As a reader, I love the way the author told us the dream. For us, we may think that we know how it’s gonna go. However, the more you read the more you’ll realise that the story is not that predictable.
My main focus in reading the book was to see whether the dream happened; making it one of the reasons on why I keep on turning the pages. The story unpredictability was one of my favourite elements of the book. I personally was quite sure that this is going to be a romance book, with all the cliched relationship stuff that we usually got. How wrong was I.
In Five Years was an emotional story with many twists and turns. It touched on friendships, on one’s ambition, and on fate & destiny – how one must choose to do what’s right for one’s self. I bawled my eyes out reading the ending of the book. I love how the story portrays the different loves in one’s life. The book is touching and left a deep impression on me. Definitely a book to read for all the readers out there!
Thank you to the Quercus Books for providing me with an advance copy!
in Five years – Rebecca Serle
Where do you see yourself in five years?
When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. 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 by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.