Claire North’s THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
I loved Life After Life and this feels in no way treading over familiar territory. In fact I would compare it more to Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls (minus the serial killer part) as there is a large mystery to solve that spans multiple times, places and of course lives.
Through Harry August we are introduced to people who live multiple lives. We meet Harry on the deathbed of his eleventh life where he has just been informed (by a seven year-old girl) that the world is ending. All the worlds; past, future and present.
The story jumps back and forth between Harry’s past and future lives as he tries to slowly piece together what is bringing about the end of everything. Harry must race against the length of each of his lives to find out who is responsible and if they can be stopped. And the closer he gets the more high stakes the game of cat and mouse becomes.
Part unique and intriguing mystery, part philosophical look at life, memory and time travel this story kept me totally gripped from the opening words to the mind-blowing finale. Now all I want to know is who is the pseudonymous Claire North?
UPDATE: Claire North Revealed
ISBN: 9780356502564 ISBN-10: 0356502562 Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x mm) Pages: 416 Imprint: Orbit Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publish Date: 8-Apr-2014 Country of Publication: United Kingdom