Book Review

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult

Rating: 3.5 / 5

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult came in my adult Once Upon a Book Club book box! I had seen very mixed reviews for this one, so I wasn’t rushing to pick it up. When I knew I had a reading prompt coming for a book related to the Grand Egyptian Museum, I knew it would be the perfect pick.

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS follows Dawn beginning with a catastrophic plane crash. While she survives, the crash understandably shakes her up. She’s been happily married with a daughter at home, but she can’t stop thinking about the life she could have had.

Fifteen years ago Dawn was pursuing a career alongside archaeologists at ancient burial sites. When her mother gets ill, Dawn must leave abruptly and it disrupts her entire life. She winds up working as a death doula, helping people deal with impending death. The book follows different timelines, Dawn’s life as it is and Dawn’s life as it once was and could be again.

Overall I did really like this book, though I did struggle on occasion with the pacing feeling a bit slow. I found the information the author was sharing about archaeology and the ancient Egyptian civilization to be very interesting, as was Dawn’s career as a death doula. Even so, the book dragged in places for me. I also found myself a bit confused at time switching between timelines.

I really did like the author’s writing as a whole and this was an enjoyable read. As I’ve said before, I really like that this subscription boxes is trying books that I would not necessarily have read otherwise and this book certainly was that. I really enjoyed the read and the full box experience! If you are interested in checking out Once Upon a Book Club for yourself, DGREADS10 will give you 10% off your first order!

Reading Challenges:

#AroundTheYearIn52Books – a book to celebrate The Grand Egyptian Museum

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