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Back Again

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,040 ratings  ·  107 reviews
"Between life and death, lies fate."
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 again—until, inexplicably, she finds herself back agai
ebook, 379 pages
Published November 21st 2014 by Digital Contact (first published June 17th 2014)
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so...I just read my last Susan May's book...what can I say? amazing as all the others...kept me hooked from start till end...what an imagination Susan has! and what a way to put it into words! please, do write something new as soon as possible! I can't believe there are no more books of yours out there....yet!! ...more
Dawn Graham had a peculiar experience as a young teen that forever changed her life. Occasionally plagued with what she called "slips" where she lost track of time, Dawn developed coping mechanisms to prevent these occurrences. Then tragedy struck and she was destined to repeat that same period of time, over and over again, desperately attempting to change the horrible outcome.

This was a very strange story that developed slowly, taking almost half of the book for me to grasp what was going on.

From a very young age, Dawn had known she was different. When she and her sister Anna were only girls, exploring the nearby tree laden mountains became an almost daily past-time. But the day the adventurous Anna went on ahead, leaving Dawn to struggle down the cliff in pursuit of Anna, the horror of finding her body at the bottom began what would be known as fugue states in Dawn’s life.

As Dawn grew to adulthood, she experienced these states often; she was on medication, fussed over by her
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
We have all said it - "if only......if only we could go back and change things; if only we hadn't gone that way; if only we had left five minutes earlier (or later); if only we'd said 'I love you' more often.

Dawn witnesses the horrific death of her only son when a car goes out of control and hits him as he is putting his guitar in the boot of her car after his music lesson.

But she has been in this situation before.....when her sister Anna died after a fall on the mountain Dawn was somehow able t
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good read. I think it would have been a five star with better editing. The concept isn't new - time travel (think Wells) but what the writer does with it is new and interesting. Some characters were well developed and others not so much. The plot, too, held my interest and I really wanted things to change for the main character. Really, don't many of us wish we could travel back through time and effect change? But, some copy editing and lots of content editing would have helped. I've re ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back Again was deep and brooding at times. I found it a bit wordy at times, but nothing that hurt the story. I can say that the constant repetition was beginning to annoy me, but it was necessary for the story to finally come to it's fruitful ending. I wish there'd been more on Kylie's part. She seemed to bring more the to tale at the end, especially when it's discovered, she too was experiencing Dawn's phenomenon. It was like, "Ooooo, I love that!" but then it was over. I don't know if Kylie ev ...more
Anne Martin
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an excellent and moving book.
I'm trying to know what words to use. When emotionally over stressed, the heroine enters a "fugue" according to her psychiatrists. They think she totally loses contact with her surroundings and floats until she comes back in the real world. It happened one day when her sister and her were walking into slippery woods. Dawn and Anna lost each other, and Dawn found Anna by the river, dead. The fugue seems to enable her to travel in time, by thinking "if only...". Anyway
Jennifer Byars
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book!
From the opening first sentence I was drawn in. New twist on time travel in a very exciting way. Two lives intertwine by fate and what a mother will endure to get her son back.
I would sit down and read it again.
Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
Imagine being able to turn back time. Not in a ‘Cher’ type way by straddling a torpedo in a slither of lycra and a giant 80’s perm, but in a very real way. If you could slip back through time with the possibility of stopping a tragic event or accident, would you want the power and would you want to go?

Dawn doesn’t have the luxury of when the ‘slips’ happen. Since childhood, she has experienced loss of time at random moments in her life, which no amount of medication, meditation or psychologists
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've met Susan (the author) so was a little worried about reading this novel in case I didn't like it. "What would I say?" I wondered.

Well, there was no danger of that because I really enjoyed Back Again. I was pretty much hooked from the beginning - the concept of the 'do-over' (or indeed an alternative reality) is of interest to me and I've written about it a little in my blog.

We learn that Dawn experiences fugue states and when she comes out of these states time has passed and - on occasion
Nov 17, 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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dawn has been through so much in her lifetime. First when she was little she lost her sister Ann or that's the way it was to Dawn. She later lost a friend at the park...or she thought, but the worse one she didn't expect to lose was Tommy in a freak accident caused by Kylie. Things that happened with Dawn and Kylie just kept turning BACK AGAIN...
If you haven't read any of this authors books yet then I would suggest reading them all. This one author to keep your eyes opened for. I've read every o
Allison Newchurch
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only...

Dawn has always had 'slips' in time.

The trauma of witnessing her son's death and the days that follow causes Dawn to slip back in time to relive those days again and again. She desperately tries to change events, just one little difference could be enough for her son to live. Just one tiny change, an action, a word. If only...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me enthralled from the outset. The premise of time travel is well handled, there's no little blue box, Dawn is in the pres
Jo Iles
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the concept and the characters were well-written, particularly the mum. Once I got into it and Dawn was stuck in her timeline, I found myself rooting for her and eager to know what would happen next, which I think is the sign of a good book.

However, I couldn't give it the full five stars because there were errors in the text which were frustrating. I bought the pre-order version, so I wonder if a different file has since been uploaded??

I wouldn't know how to start turning a short story
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book as a short story / novelette, but now that it has been fledged out into a full grown novel, it's even better.

Thanks Susan for taking the time & care to let this story develop as it needed to.
Peter Dudgeon
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Back Again - Susan May - 4/5 Stars

Back again is the story of Dawn, who has the ability to travel through time. Unlike, H.G. Wells or others since, who have more recently covered this topic, there are no mechanics to the time travel and, therefore, this ability could equally be described as a curse; particularly as Dawn has to use this ability in an effort to avoid the death of her beloved son Tommy - reliving the moment in an attempt to change his fate.

I really loved the premise of the
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I always find Groundhog Day-style stories quite interesting to read... and I thought it was good to see that the focus was on a mother and her son. While I did get a bit confused with the constant time slips, it didn't take long for me to become absorbed in the story.

I did think the first scene of the story did a really good job of setting the scene and although it took a while for the story to catc
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Back Again by Susan May

This is the second book I have read by author Susan May and definitely not my last. I am thrilled to have found her and doubly thrilled that she has graciously sent me a copy of this book. She did not ask for a review in exchange but because I want others to start reading her I am reviewing this book.
Have you ever said to yourself “if only”? If only I could not have done that. If only that had not happened. If only I could change…. Fill in the blank but be careful what you
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: Shut Up & Read
Thank you to the Read It & Reap program and the author, Susan May, for the free copy of Back Again.

Right from the first chapter I was hooked! Susan May's writing style easy to read; yet, the depths of situations and emotions are not lost to the reader. The premises of time traveling was unique and I had feared that it would distract from the story, but it was done so well that it only added. The plot line of Dawn losing her son in such away is heart breaking often leaving the reader in tears. Da
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
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the short story so jumped at the chance to read the novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought it was well-written, suspenseful, and flowed nicely.

Susan May is a talented author who takes 'time travel' to a whole new level. Without giving away the plot, this is a novel that has a well-developed protagonist, Dawn, and a secondary main character, Kylie, who will get your attention at the beginning and keep it until the very end. I just kept wondering what would happen next and was rooting
James Hayward
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is a very well written book and has a very complex plot so stay on top of things while you read it. The main character Dawn takes up most of the book with her slips back in time. I am glad the story ended the way it did as I was starting to think Dawn would be stuck in this time loop forever. I would have liked to have known why and how Dawn was slipping back in time and changing the past.
Lynn Mccarthy
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from this author this is the second book I have read by Susan both different but both really good if I could give both her books 6 stars I would...
I can not wait for her next book to come out will be looking for it great writing style give this Author a try you will not be disappointed...
Thanks to the Author for a chance to read her books.
Julie Wall
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow! I just discovered Susan May over the last weekend and have read EVERYTHING that she has on Kindle! I am hooked and I read "Deadly Messengers " first and the rest is history!

"Back Again" was amazing, riveting and can't-put-my-Kindle-down worthy.

I love King and Koontz, and I love May the same way! Keep them coming, Susan! You are amazing!
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good read. The author tackles some big issues; fate, forgiveness, a worse nightmare, and an answer to prayer. I still have some unanswered questions even though the story gets a bit long in the middle, but it was definitely worth reading. ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, totally agree, the next Stephen King, female version of course. Time travelling at it best. Loved every part of the book and any other by this talented author. Just kept me intrigued with the story and the characters.
Sophie David
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always try and put myself in the lead characters shoes when reading a book and imagine if I could do what they do or live like they live, but Dawn has a completely unenviable tragedy thrust upon her which made me realise that if I was in her position I'm not sure I could cope.

Dawn suffers from 'slips' in her life. She doesn't know how it works, or if it can ever be stopped but it terrifies her and makes her family treat her with kid gloves which frustrates her but there isn't anything she can
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That answer is written across the pages of Back Again, by Susan May. Back Again is the story of Dawn, a mother who has a strange ability that shows up at the absolute worst of times. On one normal, regular day something terrible happens and she finds herself living the event over and over and over again.

But this tale is more than some dog day afternoon; Back Again carries determination and forgiveness- even a bit of redemption. All very good qualities to have in a novel, but was the story good
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The concept of this book is fascinating: Dawn has been reliving days since she was young, but she doesn't realize it. She loses time. She blacks out. She remembers things differently from how they happened. The doctors call them "fugues." Her mother calls them "turns". She calls them "slips." She doesn't know why she has overlapping memories, and she doesn't figure it out until her 10 year old son is hit by a car and dies in her arms.

10 days later, Dawn gets into the shower and suddenly finds h
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Back Again, Susan May transports the reader to a world where time travel is possible and, in Dawn’s case, necessary for changing fate. Since childhood, Dawn has experienced “slips” or “fugues”, a state from which she awakes to find past events having been changed. Dawn desperately clings onto the hope this supernatural gift provides when her son is involved in a tragic car accident. However Dawn struggles to gain control of this gift (or nightmare), which results in having to re-live the horr ...more
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