Review: In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

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In Another Life by C.C. Hunter | Rating: ★★★☆☆

I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. 

There's something eerie in promise about In Another Life which is, admittedly, what drew me into the synopsis to begin with. I had this moment of pause upon reading it and as I let myself process the premise, I knew that this novel was bound to be an experience. And it was. As a fan of The Face on the Milk Carton and, more recently, MTV's Finding Carter, I knew I had to read In Another Life and indulge in some old fashioned teenage angst with mysteries sprinkled in.

That being said, it was a little different in terms of genre than I expected. Reading the premise, you'll find yourself with expectations: a contemporary, coming-of-age thriller.

While it shared elements of both, I felt like it was less on the thriller side than the synopsis sells to you. This isn't an issue. In-fact, it surprised me and didn't. I'm not altogether mad about feeling misled, because I wasn't 100% misled and found In Another Life to be quite satisfying. It felt strangely nostalgic, despite the fact that it is an upcoming (or new, depending when you are reading my review) release and I really found this to be the most indulgent part of In Another Life.

In so many ways, the topics of this novel could have fallen flat or been explored in an inappropriate manner. There were some weaker points of In Another Life, but nothing that will ruin the novel's experience. I thought that Hunter's prose was strong and the characters created, and the story itself, had just enough spark to keep the story moving and develop at a pleasant pace.

I highly recommend In Another Life to fans of novels like Face on the Milk Carton and Emmy & Oliver, which share a similar headspace with this little gem while still being its own story.

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