As if having to deal with her fiancé’s death isn't enough, Chloe also has to try and convince herself that when she still sees him, still talks to him, that it's just her mind’s way of trying to stay sane. But when she meets Cohen, she's convinced he can distract her and make things a little easier for her. Except that Cohen isn't the person she was expecting, and not only do things not get any easier for Chloe, but they also get far more complicated.
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Things are going swimmingly for Chloe Diller: Engaged to boyfriend Shaun, just bought their first house, a wedding in the offing and a good media job to boot, Chloe is on top of the world at the age of 25. Until it all comes crashing down.
On a wintery night, Shaun is so eager to get home from work that, against Chloe’s advice, he drives in a blizzard. In two seconds, their lives are changed forever: Shaun dies in a car accident and Chloe is left to pick up the wreckage of her life. She sells their house, quits her job and moves from Barrie to her college town of Sudbury, Ontario, where she goes back to her teen-era retail job and tries to forget and move forward.
But some things are remembered far too easily. Shaun keeps making appearances to Chloe. He seems so real that she can almost touch him, and she wants nothing more than to hold him in her arms again. Then she meets Cohen, a hunk of a neighbour whom she hopes will be enough of a physical distraction to make her forget Shaun. The problem with Cohen is that he’s gay, and he and his boyfriend Jack just want to be friends with Chloe and help her through her grief. And let’s not get started on Hannah, a former college friend who seems to be forever stuck in teenage drama.
Natalie Cuddington, author of the inventive young adult sci-fi novel, Calypso, has done several remarkable things with Chloe Diller. First, she has graduated from the YA genre of novel writing to fully realized adult fiction. Second, she embraces National Novel Writing Month, a kind of a forced march of fiction every November during which writers are encouraged to write 50,000 words in 30 days (yes, she did it!). And third? She funded the publication of this novel with a kickstarter campaign that netted her almost $5,000.
On the writing side, Cuddington continues to display the invention and imagination she first showed in Calypso, with tight, crisp narratives, exceptional plotting and pacing, as well as an uncanny ability to tell a story primarily through dialogue and inner monologue. There are emotional twists and turns in this story of a young woman interrupted who must transition into adulthood through suffering, and in this tale of the power of memory and friendship to heal deep wounds, Cuddington’s every sentence rings true. At this stage of her career, Natalie Cuddington is no longer an author to watch – she’s an author who has arrived.