Monday, 11 June 2018

Book Review - Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. 

She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. 

Sunflowers In February 
by Phyllida Shrimpton 

  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (8 Feb. 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1471406881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471406881

Amazon UK - Paperback / Kindle

Waterstones - Paperback


Where do I even start with this book! In one word after closing the final page - phenomenal!

I've never read another book like it and I don't think I will again. Even before reaching the fourth chapter I'd gasped out loud and shed a couple of tears. This hardly ever happens!

Sunflowers In February begins with a horrific road side scene which has an unusual spectator. In something that reminded me very much of Randall & Hopkirk Deceased, an 80's TV show, Lily gazes down at herself and realises in horror that she's dead. If this wasn't shocking enough there's more happening very soon - which is a corker!!!!!!

As the plot unravels there's a lot of interesting focal points about grief and the experience of grieving. It broke my heart when Lily's mother and father went to see the body of their daughter. I cried real tears as I imagined the despair I would feel if it were my  own daughter in the morgue. Phyllida Shrimpton made the scene so real I actually felt cold. This is incredible writing talent.

Although there wasn't a huge amount of action involved in the book I still felt intrigued and obliged to continue reading. Very much a narrative kind of book it was interesting to see a story from such a unique angle. It made me wonder what a ghost would be thinking about me right now if they were hovering over head.

Sunflowers In February is a book which is thought provoking and a little chilling. This is by far not a book I would usually pick up but after reading the fascinating tale I'm so pleased I did. I would offer a small warning to a trigger for family loss and hit and runs, however the writing is tasteful and completely respectful of all the characters involved. 

Absolute top notch read. 

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