In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Page Count: 266
Publisher: Ataria Books
Original Publication Date: 2020
Genre(s): Adult fiction, Contemporary
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” That’s the question being asked of Dannie, who has rehearsed her answer a million times. She knows exactly what her life will look like in five years. It’s all part of the plan. Her plan. Until one night, she falls asleep in the arms of her fiancé, and wakes up…in someone else’s bed? The TV is reporting the year 2025. Five years in the future. And her future does not look anything like she planned.
In Five Years is told in first-person POV from Dannie’s perspective. She’s a lawyer in New York who just scored the job of her dreams, and a ring from her perfect match, David. Over the next four and a half years, she tries to get that one strange night out of her mind—was she dreaming? Was it real?—but that becomes impossible when she meets the man from that dream in real life.
I became interested in this book because it sounded very much like Maybe in Another Life, and it was advertised as for fans of Me Before You, both excellent romance novels. And just in time for Valentine’s Day! With only 266 pages, it is a quick read, and a good one at that. The story sucks you in immediately, and it never gets boring, as there are enough twists and heartaches to keep you engaged.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I wouldn’t call it a romance. There’s romance in it (a little bit), but it’s more about the character arc of Dannie, coming to terms with so many things in her life from love to friendship, work to mortality, and so much more. Honestly Dannie talks more to/about her bff Bella than anyone, fiancé included! Like I said, this is a great story, but going into it expecting a romance novel is a little misleading. If anything, it’s a love story about oneself.
The only thing that lacked for me in the story was emotion. The story was emotional, don’t get me wrong, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It didn’t punch me in the gut. I’m really not sure why. I guess I didn’t connect to the characters or the story on an emotional level at all. Which sucks because I love books that make me cry, and this one should’ve!
Though I was looking for more steam and tears, what I actually got did not disappoint: an interesting and well-written story about one woman’s journey over the course of five years. It’s a good one. Be sure to check out In Five Years in stores next month (March 10, to be exact)!! You don’t want to miss it.