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Back Again (The Novelette)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Could there be any greater nightmare than living through the death of your child?
Yes! Reliving it again and again.
A tragic accident takes Dawn’s only child right before her eyes. The following surreal days are filled with soul-destroying grief and moments she never wants to live
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 56 pages
Published June 18th 2014 by Digital Contact
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Back Again
By: Susan May
Short Story Pages. 64 Suspense 2014

A horrible accident takes Dawn’s son from her. Not only does she have to bury her son, and cope with the loss…she has to endure the event over and over again. Every tens days Dawn watches her son die. Can she break this cycle? Will she be able to alter the past, and save her son…and herself. This story may be short, but the heartache involved is huge. Beyond a mothers nightmare, and the repetition of the events would dive someone to the
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital copy of 'Back Again' from the talented author, Susan May. Thank you!

This is a sad novella about a mother's loss of her son. Coping with such a devastating loss is unbearable to any mother. Who wouldn't go over and over the circumstances of his death, time-travelling back to the day and events leading up to a tragic accident and hoping by reliving it maybe, just maybe, something would change and the worst would not happen.

This fast-paced novella is very current in that so muc
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back Again (Novel)
By: Susan May
2014 Early Release Ebook Pages. 261
Copy Courtesy of Author
Reviewed by: tk

“If only…”

Have you ever wanted to change an event, or make a wish? Dawn and Kylie experience such events in the amazing story of courage, love, heartbreak, and endless hope. As many mother’s, Dawn will be put through the paces to keep her son safe, and to retain her sanity during time of intense grief, and the unknown.

A fabulous transition from novelette to novel. Susan May takes the short sto
Sarah Kernochan
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very first chapter you know you're in the hands of a real writer. The quantum-physics premise is not a new one (but not a tired one, either) - that the main character travels back in time to prevent a tragedy. However, Susan May manages to bring fresh heart and intelligence to the formula. Dawn, her heroine, becomes addicted to a time loop which offers her a replay of her son's death over and over but offers her no chance to change the outcome - unless she can discover some window in th ...more
Mel Hearse
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit of a Susan May groupie - in my humble opinion she's next Stephen King (and I want to see the Scenic Route on the big screen if anyone out there in the movie biz is listening!) This is one of my faves of her books - I won't rehash what the story is about as other reviewers have it covered, but I loved the insight into the main characters, and being a mum myself, it was a story with an added vividness for me. I'm a professional book reviewer so I read a lot, and I found this a really riv ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read about time travel. The main character Dawn had to keep repeating her sons death over and over. Can she change the outcome? Will she live in this horrible loop in time forever? This is an exciting adventure of a read. The one thing that keep me from giving it the fifth star was that the ending could have been better. What really did happen at the end?
( I recieved this book from Susan May for a honest review)
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this short story, but the novel with the same title is even better.
Jyoti Dahiya
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Category: Time travel, fate

Synopsis: A taut, breathless-speed story about a woman stuck in a time loop, reliving the death of her little boy, trying with all her soul to change the outcome. There are three main characters, the mother, the woman who runs over the boy while focused on texting rather than driving, and the presence of the boy which the reader and the other two are keenly aware of, but who remains oblivious through it all.

What’s good: Everything. Plot, characterisation, plot twists,
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second short story of this author's I have read and it definitely cements the quality of her work.
An ultimately tragic story of a mother forced to relive her son's death and the ensuing days after, over and over again.
"Can we ever change the past to affect the future" is the underlying theme here and the ending poses not only that, but forgiveness, guilt and redemption.
Not an easy book to read if you are full of emotions but one that does leave you grasping on of hope just as the mai
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book for me to read and finish. There is no real reason, except that I did not like all the time travel and back and forth. Dawn loses her child in a horrible accident and goes back and forth trying to come to grips with it while reliving the horror of that day. There are lots of additional throwback to her childhood and how she experienced and coped with time lapses throughout. I found it a bit tedious to keep reading about these, but they were an important element to the s ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!!
I won this book through the Member Giveaways in exchange for a review.

This novella was incredible!! A story that I will not soon forget. When I read the description I was a bit hesitant to try to win it, as my husband and I lost our first and only child 17 days after birth, and wasn't sure if it would hit too close to home. But the premise sounded so interesting that I decided to chance it. I am so glad that I did! Did it hit close to home once I started reading it? Yes, absolutely! Although th
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"the little I see you there wave."
For one mother it was an ordinary day filled with trivia, like shopping and updating social media, until she sees her young son struck by a car: despite medical services doing all they can, he dies. For a teenage girl caught up in the confusion of job loss and pestering by an ex-boyfriend, it was the end of her life as she knew it, too, when she realises she has killed a child. Two very different women, beautifully and convincingly drawn by author Susan May, who
Bonnie Dale Keck
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
got this as giveaway from the writer, and the full versus this novelette is available for under 6 usd and the blurb at the end of this says available on kindle unlimited but could be the full length, but also in this shorter story there are some short additional stories at the end

available kindle unlimited, longer story, audible, etcetera
Tamara! aka AmyG.Dala
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-owned, gifted
Do not read if you are feeling any sort of emotion other than stoic! Heartbreaking and yet, wonderfully told. Going back every 10 days and figuring out the 'how' of it all, trying to grasp something and change the outcome made for an intense and worthwhile journey. Descriptive in a lively and very human way, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It was tough, as well, it's a child dying, but the mom's journey to fix it was fascinating.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know the dates on this is wrong but I finished this book right after reading the third book of her shirt stories. As with all Susan's books I have loved and became a bigger fan of hers and after started reading the full length book I have to say I'm giving this one another 5 star for this is one of the best authors to keep watch for in the coming year...
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this tragic short story, in which the reader is kept uncertain until the very last paragraph!

I can highly recommend this to all fans of drama, time travel & science fiction.
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Well, quite interesting...grabbed me right away...again! I wasn't sure about reading it since it had some details about the son's death...heart wrenching...but I didn't give up...and it looks like I must get the full novel now!! It caught me as I finished the short story...of, on to the next book until I get the full novel Back Again...
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