My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In my experience, it’s rare to find an author who can make me laugh until my sides hurt or tear me apart with all the angst. Whitecroft is a master at both, and her talent as a writer hooks me with every new book she publishes.

Still Alive falls in the later category of her gifts and, boy, does it hurt so good. I loved that Nick and Oisin aren’t twenty-year-olds with super fit bodies and all the stamina in the world. They are older (early 40s), and their gray hair and lack tight six-pack abs make these characters more endearing.

The background of the band and each member are woven seamlessly into the narrative, with pieces of the characters and events that make up Look Alive revealed at perfect moments. Whitecroft’s storytelling and timing are flawless.

At times tragic, at times hopeful, Still Alive is an extraordinary story of second chances for two men dealing with disappointment and loneliness in very different ways. In the end, there is hope.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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