Having read Emily Bleeker’s first novel Wreckage and loving it I was really excited to read her newest one called When I’m Gone. Once again I found myself loving another piece of her work. She is very talented at weaving a story that captures your interest from beginning to end. When I’m Gone is a novel of love, loss, and deeply buried secrets.
When Luke arrives home after burying his wife Natalie he finds a blue envelope addressed to him on his floor. It turns out to be the first of many such letters that his wife wrote to him before she passed. As Luke struggles to learn how to care for his three children on his own the letters begin to increasingly take over his every thought. He’s left questioning the relationship he had with Natalie and the life they’d lived foe the past sixteen years.
This novel very much reminded me of P.S. I Love You with the letters being left to a remaining partner but in When I’m Gone there is a much more serious twist. Another thing I find is that I don’t always enjoy a novel from a male perspective but Luke is such a well written character that I found myself connecting with him right from the beginning and liked him throughout.
I listened to the audio version of When I’m Gone which is narrated by Dan John Miller and he does a fabulous job of portraying Luke and the various emotional upheavals occurring throughout the novel. I highly recommend When I’m Gone. Emily Bleeker is an author who has been added to my favorites for go to authors. On another note you may want to have a few tissues handy for the end of the novel- there’s a definite weep worthy moment or two. Absolutely excellent!
Source: Digital review copy received from the publisher for an honest review. Audiobook personal copy. No compensation was received.