24 Hours of the Phoenix
2019 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® AWARDS (NIEA) Finalist in the “Thriller” category
Can you start your life over again the day you learn you’re dying?
Until yesterday, twenty-one-year-old Phoenix Collins had it all figured out: she was going to live forever. Not literally of course ...more
I'm just so ridiculously happy and excited, there’s no other way around. So, yeah. Right. Breathing. In and out. In and out.
Okay. So anyway, this is an uplifting story that will appeal to readers as it explo ...more
The narrative is fluid and you feel like Finn is talking to you all along, it's an active first person voice. I love Gabriel and what he means and represents for Phoenix. This is a book that defies logic and its about second chances.
“I realize how much the l ...more
So begins this fast-paced roller coaster of a novel by new a ...more
What is life?
Don't worry, I don't intend this to be a mind numbing philosophical contemplation. That is something my brain only engages in at the precise moment when I am about to fall asleep. But just humour me.
Is life just surviving from one day to another?
Is it soaking in all the moments you have because you are never going to get them back?
But unlike you and I, Phoenix, the protagonist of Caroline Bertaud's upcomi ...more
von Caroline Bertaud
„Can you start your life over again the day you learn you’re dying?
Until yesterday, twenty-one-year-old Phoenix Collins had it all figured out: she was going to live forever. Not literally of course; nobody lives forever—she knows that, she’s learned it the hard way—but bearing a mythical name had convinced her that someday she’d have a fresh start, her life back on track.
Therefore, when she wakes up in a ho ...more
I particularly like how each of the chapters are structured around each hour of her 'last day' and each chapter really does take the reader on an exciting journey that moves very smoothly from one scene to the next.
The interaction between the characters i ...more
It really makes you think about what you'd do if you found out you only have 24 hours to live......What would you do with your time? Who would you want to see? Would you be able to say goodbye? T ...more
Imagine waking up in a hospital bed to only find out you are dying and only have one day to live. You are only 21 years old, what would you do with it. Phoenix is angry, can not remember what happened yesterday, why is she dying and why is this ...more
24 hours of the Phoenix is Caroline's first book, and a book I found I had trouble putting down. Phoenix Collins, a young woman in the prime of her life, finds out she has 24 hours left to live, and we follow her tumultuous journey to come to terms with that fact, and the things she has done in her life that she needs to work through, and quickly.
The book is paced well, urging you forward to continue to see what happens t ...more
I also really liked the main character Phoenix. I think everyone can relate to one situation or another that this girl goes through, whether it’s parental loss, a bad breakup, a rebound “jerk”, to name a few. She has a sort of universal appeal.
And I loved the ending. I could tell something was going on, but was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.
I would definitely recommend it and will most likely pick up a physica ...more
I loved it - very moving. ...more
It is about the story of a young woman who hears that she only has 24 hours left to live. From that moment on, she begins to make changes in her life. When the reader thinks that he/she already has the mystery solved, the plot begins to get tangled up. It is an excellent book to stay entertained a few hours and the end is totally unexpected.
I was excited to read this book as soon as I set eyes on the cover image and the synopsis. It was just my type of story. Thankfully the author, Caroline Bertaud, was looking for beta-readers prior to publication and approved my request to read her debut novel.
The story had me hooked from the start right through to the final page. This gripping tale moves at an incredible pace, which it has to really as Phoenix on ...more
Phoenix awakes in a hospital, unable to remember how she got there and why, and finds out she has only 24 hours to live. What will she do?
The answer is: have long monologues with herself, short conversations with other people and sex - three (or was it four?) times. Even though she's still injured from whatever incident got her into the hospital and to death's door in the first place because that seems healthy. Yup.
To be ...more
This book answers the age old question "What will you do if you had only 1one day to live?" Phoenix Collins or Finn finds herself in this very position when she wakes up in a hospital bed with no recollection of how she got there, and overhears the doctor saying this. The concept was amazing and had me hooked from the very start. The format of the book is unique with each chapter describing an hour and counting down Finn's impending doom.
To start with when 2 people are having conversation that phoneix doesn't have more than 24 hrs to live, she gets up from hospital and leaves thinking that yes she is dying and should do some good stuff
.. What the hell man how can u just l ...more
[Not for the faint of heart if language and sex bother you, and if you’re familiar with the broody anti-heroes of Andrew Klavan’s early novels, ...more
It was hard to get into this book. Part of the problem was Phoenix, I just did not like her very much. I found her selfish and unsympathetic. The redeeming character was Gabriel and the huge twist at the end. Wow! That is the only reason this is 3 stars.
This book asks the question "What would you do if you had 24 hours left to live?" Thrown into this position, 21 year old Phoenix navigates her emotions and life review in this novel. The premise and format is fairly unique as each chapter constitutes an hour in the countdown that is supposedly left of her life. This format served to break t ...more
Caroline Bertaud is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques since her early years as a professional screenwriter in Paris.