How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett – publication date November 13th, 2018 by Little, Brown, and Company
I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie–beautiful, saintly Jamie–was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.
On the eve of Kyle’s sentencing a year after Jamie’s death, all the other “chosen ones” are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.
Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie’s boyfriend–knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why not’s. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?
About the author: Mary Crockett is an award-winning poet and author of the novel HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she teaches creative writing at Roanoke College in Virginia. If you tweet at her, chances are she will tweet back. www.marycrockett.com
My Review: How She Died, How I Lived is one of those books that is hard to place into a certain category, not a thriller or mystery. A story that is an emotionally intense read that touches on a wide range of emotions from love, grief, forgiveness, second chances, and dying. When a life is cut short because of a horrific attack many wonders why her and not one of the other girls that day. “Why wasn’t it me?” An intriguing read that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. How She Died, How I Lived is an emotional read that may not be for everyone. A story that is sure to stay with you long after reading. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**