Twelve years later he is approached by his college mentor, John Redmond, and asked to come back and continue working on his thesis. It seems that Redmond and his wife recently lost a child, and he began wondering if the death could have been predicted. He pulled out Daniel's papers and realized that out of the five people the thesis tracked, one has already died on the predicted date.
When John approaches Daniel, the former math student wants nothing to do with his past predictions until he realizes that the next person he predicted to die was his former girl-friend, Grace Visser. He is now faced with a dilemma. Does he warn her and possibly save her, or does he let fate take its course and build the credibility of his predictions?
I really enjoyed the book. The premise is a novel one, and the characters captivated me from the beginning. There are a number of voices throughout the book, and I always find that entertaining. The three main characters, Daniel, John and Grace, all have interesting back stories, and John's reason for wanting Daniel to continue his work is unorthodox to say the least. Grace is dealing with an abusive marriage, and the reader is privy to some of her trials and tribulations. Many of the secondary characters add a great deal to this plot.
I also love that the story takes place in Dublin and Amsterdam, and I get to "travel" through these cities with the characters. Since I had several encounters with bicyclists during my recent visit to Amsterdam, I loved Dugrue's descriptions of the bicycle heavy streets.
The author has travelled extensively. He has a science degree from Dublin City University, and now lives in Amsterdam. Perhaps his experiences helped make the places in this book come alive, and I think Ireland might be my next trip.
This book has mystery, tragedy and romance, and its plot is a bit different than most books on the selves today. It is funny and sad and exciting at the same time. I definitely recommend it for your holiday breaks.
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Date of Publicati0n - January 16, 2014