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Reviewed by Kerry McKay
On the day Hannah is finally going to leave her husband Tom, he has a massive stroke. Things haven’t been right between the couple for a long time but when Tom, who’s only 32, is left unable to perform the simplest of tasks for himself – walking, cutting up food and even using the phone – Hannah knows she has to stay.
Will the stroke give Tom a new perspective on life or will Hannah be trapped in a loveless marriage forever?
Phew, but this novel was an emotional rollercoaster! I found Hannah incredibly easy to empathise with – Katie Marsh describes her thoughts and feelings so well you can easily imagine yourself in her place. A free spirit with dreams of travel and adventure, she’s suddenly faced with a lifetime of caring for a man she was about to walk away from. It’s hard-hitting and quite claustrophobic in places, but you can’t stop turning the pages as Hannah tries to work through her feelings.
Tom, meanwhile, begins to reevaluate his life after the stroke. Away from the pressures of work and spending more time with Hannah during his recovery than he has in a long time, he suddenly realises how much his marriage means to him, and is determined to save it.
But is it too late?
This is assured writing from a talented debut author. My Everything is a devastatingly beautiful yet relatable novel about the power of love and second chances. Heartbreaking and inspiring.