Review by Ann McDonald
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis.
A novel by a very promising young writer, this is her first book and I must say that given the subject matter, she is one brave girl. The big “C” and dying, the loss of immortality that all young people feel, the dawning realization that we are all very mortal and then to be told how long you have left, that has got to be the most difficult thing anyone could undergo. In the end, you just never know when it’s going to happen, you could walk outside and get run over by a bus and that would be the end.
This book, one that could have been a very depressing read, turns into a charming and insightful look at a relationship between Daisy Richmond and her husband Jack and how they cope with the return of Daisy’s Cancer, this time terminal. Jack is in Veterinary College, working towards his graduation and PHD and we follow Daisy’s journey with all of its ups and downs, misunderstandings and we feel for her. The people in her life, from the doctors to the local teachers, are all very believable.
You know from the very beginning that Daisy is going to die and there are times as you accompany her on her travels, that you don’t want to invest too much of yourself into her because you are going to hurt but you do so anyway. ‘Before I Go’ is a lovely, absorbing, sad and humorous book and as I stated earlier, a very brave first offering from a talented young writer that I would highly recommend.
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