The Same Deep Water by Lisa Swallow
Phe wants to die.
Guy’s time is running out.
Two lists stand between them and the end of their lives.
Nineteen-year-old Phe moves to the opposite side of Australia to begin a career in a world she fights against being part of. Since the tragedy that stole her family when she was a child, she’s battled the push and pull between life and death.
On the edge of making the decision to end her life, Phe meets Guy.
Guy has too much money, a bucket list to complete and not much time.
He persuades Phe to write her own list and they pledge to be travelling companions through the life they both have left by completing their bucket lists together. Learning how to live in the moment and step outside of life’s constraints, Guy and Phe become closer.
Until Phe discovers the truth about what’s killing Guy and how he’s betraying them both.
I was so excited about the concept of this book—two people completing their bucket lists together. It’s something I haven’t come across before.
I read the blurb, and it’s no great secret this book also deals with some pretty heavy subject material, but the issues the characters face are so nicely handled that it’s never too much to bear. I was instantly swept into their story, finding myself filled with emotion at the thought of how this book was going to end. I thought I knew exactly where the plot was going but not everything is as it seems. Towards the end I realised there was so much more to the story than what meets the eye. I won’t say any more at the risk of revealing spoilers but I thought this was a wonderfully thought provoking novel about the power of love.