I must be completely honest, I wasn’t sure whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 – so I’m settling for 3 and a half. Don’t misunderstand me, I really enjoyed reading ‘Saving Jason’ by E.J. Hannigan, it was a lovely, very poignant story with some fascinating characters and a study in ‘how to break up amicably,’ however, it didn’t grab quite as I would have expected it to.
The Jason of the story actually doesn’t speak for himself throughout as he is resident at hospital in a deep coma following a fall during a climbing accident, although we do learn a lot about him. He experiences life at full pelt, he feels deeply and he is seriously emotionally scarred and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of events experienced as a marine in the Gulf War.
Samantha is Jason’s ex-wife, and his best friend – now married to Alex, the man she calls the love of her life; Abby is Jason’s current partner, plagued by guilt, and left to pick up the broken pieces of her life in the days following Jason’s accident. Samantha and Abby are thrown together in this poignant story of love in all its many forms, and learn to get along, as they each tell their own version of their own life with Jason.
Emma-Jane, Jason’s mother, adds a touch of sugar-coated menace to the tale and is so very powerfully imagined that I felt I could almost reach out and touch her – probably with a strong left hook!
I will definitely be reaching for more books by E.J. Hannigan. Thank you to the publishers via Netgalley for the opportunity to read, rate and review ‘Saving Jason.’