Disjointed Lives by Morgan Sheppard

Disjointed Lives by Morgan Sheppard
Publisher: Elemental Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Promotions Manager, Ava Reese, has all she ever wanted: a fantastic husband, a great job, a good life. But her past haunts her.

Although she thought she had left the darkness behind long ago, her dreams start to haunt her during the day, making her question everything she has.

Ava hopes that meeting with her best friend, Paige, will help her find peace again. Can they put Ava’s dreams to rest, or will the past destroy everything Ava has so carefully built?

It’s never too late to seek out a happy ending.

This could have easily veered into speculative fiction territory, so I was pleasantly surprised by how the author found logical explanations for everything that happened in Ava’s life that felt a little unusual. Some of it could be explained by the turmoil she was experiencing at home, while other pieces of the puzzle took a little more work to put together. The author pulled it off, though, and I smiled at how everything was wrapped up in the end.

There were some portions of the timeline that never quite made sense to me. For example, I was confused by how and when Ava and Paige resumed their friendship after not speaking to each other for a decade. I also had some questions about how Ava’s friendship with her kind coworker began. It would have been helpful to have more information about topics like these.

The ending was well done. It explained everything it needed to explain, but it also left ample room for a sequel. I’d love to know what happened to Ava and her husband after the final scene that mentioned them, so I’d be thrilled if I ever get a chance to learn more about them. With that being said, it was also nice to sit with my thoughts and ponder the many possibilities of their future. Sometimes real life is every bit as open to interpretation, after all!

Disjointed Lives was a thought-provoking read.

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