The Next Together by Lauren James
Published by Walker Books
Lauren James’ debut novel The Next Together is unique and epic. A blend of enduring love story, adventure novel, psychological thriller, spy tale and historical fiction, it includes reincarnation as its core theme.
The narrative is never confusing, despite constantly moving back and forth in time. Quite the reverse- it’s totally absorbing.
Katherine Finchley and Matthew Galloway are destined to lead repeated lives, spanning as far back as the 18th century and forward to the middle of the 21st century. They meet in various circumstances, marry, die and are reborn.
Lurking in the background and adding to the tension, a mysterious exterior entity plans and programs their multiple lives.
Across their many existences, the couple becomes involved in dangerous and suspenseful circumstances, involving war, conspiracy and terrorism. They are even instrumental in the cracking of the Bletchley Code, which helped bring WWII to an end.
When Katherine and Matt gradually become aware that they’ve met, lived and died in other times it adds intriguing complexity to the story.
Throughout it all, a turbulent love story plays out…over and over again.
Young Adult readers will love this very different and complex tale of reincarnation. It’s jam-packed with romance, adventure, humour, danger and suspense. An excellent debut novel.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Lauren James
Title: The Next Together
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: November 2015