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I am a massive fan of contemporary fiction at the moment. At the start of lockdown, I took serious advantage of the 99p kindle books on offer and one of the books I bought was The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. I’d heard lots of good things about this book across multiple platforms and was absolutely thrilled to get such a bargain.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver Book Review
Lydia Bird has the perfect life – she has a job that she loves, she’s engaged to be married to the man of her dreams, Freddie, and it’s her birthday. She and Freddie, along with Freddie’s best friend Jonah, have plans to grab a meal with her family to celebrate. Jonah runs into some difficulties with his transportation, so Freddie goes to pick him up – with disastrous consequences. Freddie crashes the car, and dies at the scene – Jonah is unhurt, bar a cut to his head – and with that, Lydia’s life changes forever. In the weeks and months that follow, she is overcome with grief. Her mother has had enough and takes her to the doctor, where is prescribed an experimental drug to help her sleep. The pills have an adverse affect on her brain and she finds herself living two lives – the reality without Freddie and her asleep life, where he’s still living and life is progressing on as normal.
It soon becomes apparent to Lydia that living two lives isn’t going to work for her and she has to make the decision over whether or not to let go or to completely succumb to her ‘asleep’ life. With a trip to Croatia, rebuilding of friendships and a screenplay that says so much, Lydia has a massive decision to make. Covering the topics of grief, family ties, moving on and love, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver is a beautiful story that had me laughing, crying and feeling ever so appreciative for the love and relationships that I have. It was very easy to sympathise with Lydia and the pain she was feeling – but equally as easy to understand the frustrations of her family members. I really enjoyed this story – the ending was just what I needed – I love stories that have a sad premise to them, but not as much as I love stories with a happy ending.