This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.
The Last Time I Saw You
Livvy and Sally met in college (or university as it’s usually referred to in the UK) and became best friends. They were the yin and yang to each other, and Sally filled a spot in Livvy’s life- a spot that needed a fun and charismatic person. But years after university and a terrible betrayal- Sally and Livvy are not friends anymore.
On a regular night in London, Livvy is moments away from hearing news that will shake her to her core. After deciding not to go on her date and stay in with her flatmate- who she still has feelings for- Livvy goes to pick up some things and gets a call from James- he has terrible news. Sally, Livvy’s best friend during university, is dead. She was in a car crash in New York City.
Livvy goes to the funeral- where she is devastated. Pain and tears and wondering about Sally’s life haunt Livvy. When William, Sally’s husband, asks Livvy to talk with him and his daughter, Madeline- to shed light on Sally’s life before she was a wife and mother- Livvy is reluctant. Her and Sally have not seen each other in some time and after their friendship disintegrated in college, Livvy is unsure she can help. But, Sally named her child Madeline Olivia- and that makes Livvy wonder if Sally was trying to tell her something.
As William and Livvy begin to get to know each other, Livvy begins to get to know the Sally as a wife and mother- which was not all that different from the Sally she knew at University. Sally, when you were in her good graces, was the best friend to ask for- she made the world a brighter and more fun place. But, but, but- Sally had a dark side- and she would take her friendship away in a moment’s notice. When helping William pack away Sally’s clothes- Livvy discovers a clue to Sally’s life in New York. A clue that sheds light on the life of Sally that Livvy knew and then the later life of Sally as wife/mother.
Will Livvy be able to figure out all of Sally’s secrets? Will Livvy decide that her life is important and to go for her dreams and desires? Even more importantly, will Livvy finally be able to put her toxic friendship with Sally aside and not let the past hurt anymore?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts
I’d not read anything by Eleanor Moran before, but the plot of THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU intrigued me beyond all the words that I can express. I began reading and within a chapter or two, I felt that I knew why Sally acted the way she did, even though it wasn’t officially revealed till much later- my guess was right. That didn’t bother me, though. Because this story was so complex, so layered. Hurts and betrayals were a big part of the story- but it was more than that. It was about a friendship that was not good anymore, it was about having the courage to be you- to find yourself.
At times, it was depressing. I loved Livvy, I wanted what was best for Livvy- but I felt she didn’t know (or want!) what was best for her. Reading those sections was hard- Livvy was a lovely character who needed someone to be totally #TeamLivvy.
And even though Sally could be a manipulative little twit- you still couldn’t totally hate her. Because of many things, but mainly because it was clear there was more to Sally than she wanted anyone to see.
While THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU is mainly about life after Sally’s death- the flashbacks are an integral part to the story. Getting to know the girls, getting to know Sally- as Livvy is coming to terms with the past and present- worked for this story.
Overall, I completely enjoyed THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU. It was a quick-ish read, sad and depressing at times; but complex and enjoyable overall! Recommending for groups who enjoy a discussable book and fans of women’s fiction.
* THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU was sent to Traveling With T via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T