For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spirit. There’s just one tiny problem: He’s dead.
Stuck in a surreal limbo governed by bureaucracy, Thomas is unable to “cross over” to the afterlife until he completes a 90-day stint on earth, during which time he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living — lest he incur “regrets.” When Thomas and Rachel break this rule, they unleash a cascade of bizarre, troubling consequences.
Set in the hallucinatory borderland between life and death, The Regrets is a gloriously strange and breathtakingly sexy exploration of love, the cataclysmic power of fantasies, and the painful, exhilarating work of waking up to reality, told with uncommon grace and humor by a visionary artist at the height of her imaginative power.
Picking up The Regrets I found myself thinking about timing in terms of picking up books depending on the book you read prior. This read was entirely affected by my previous read. It had a similar quirky out of body feel. If I hadn’t have read the previous title before this one I may have enjoyed this book more.
One aspect I really liked from this story was the metaphor that drove this book. The ghosts of your past affect your future self. The characters in this story both have relationships that left marks on them and changed their outlook on life. it’s inevitable and something everyone has to learn coming from adolescence to adulthood.
I found I was waiting for something bigger to happen or a more exciting plot line based on the synopsis but it fell short for me because of the melancholic slightly whiny male lead.
This quirky book isn’t for everyone but if you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone and read a strange story I highly recommend you try this book.
Thank you, thank you Hachette Book Group Canada for sending the ARC my way for a honest review.