12 July 2014

You Came Back by Christopher Coake

Like everyone else, I love a good book, I received You Came Back by Christopher Coake about a year ago when I went to an event it was free in my goodie bag. 

When I first saw You Came Back I knew it wasn't really my type of book, I tend to like novels that have a dark twist within them but this kinda looked like  a relatively light book. I know I know, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover however the cover is pretty impactful especially when you like a certain genre.

That being said there is a slight darkness in the book, it's all about love and the power of hope.

The story

You Came Back is about a man called Mark who was previously married to a woman called Chloe and had a son with her, the son dies in an unfortunate accident which then ends the marriage as they both realise it's something they cannot move past. 

The novel starts with Mark and his new girlfriend Allison, he is trying to move into his future with his new partner but he meets another lady who will change things forever...

I won't go further because I really wouldn't want to ruin it for people who may want to read it or already be reading it.  

The narrative

I'm quite used to the modern way of writing in the sense that I'm used to duel narrative books, I like it when there are two tones of voice in one book. I like the way some blend from one character to another and  the change in tone, I love it. However this novel is very much told by the author, you don't even really read it from Mark's perspective which is quite rare with novels these days. Though, maybe duel narratives are a type of writing I'm used to with different genres I read. 

My verdict

I read this book in about 4 hours, I read books incredibly quickly. It's not that I skim read them, I can tell you in detail all of the book, but I just have the ability to inhale novels. It's a running joke with my friends.

I'll be honest it's not something I would usually go for but I quite liked it. It didn't have me on the edge of the seat but it was an easy read that made me turn each page. I would read something from Christopher Coake again but the book itself doesn't make my Top 20 list, it's good, it's well written but it's just not a genre I'd ever pick up. 

Have you read this book? What would you recommend from Christopher Coake? 


  1. Not read this book but sounds like a good recommendation! May have to give it a go :) x

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! Yeah it's definitely worth a read! :) xx