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Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.
But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?
Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.
“[A Strange Companion] hooks the reader with its very first line and never lets go. The voice is unassuming and introspective, the prose elegant, and the descriptions sensuous.” ~ Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators panel
“Beautiful, funny, and feisty, this extraordinary novel offers the soul satisfying message that love–no matter the kind–never ever dies.” ~ Tracey Cleantis, author of An Invitation to Self-Care and The Next Happy
“An engaging and thought-provoking novel about loss and the possibility of reincarnation.” ~ Jaq Hazell, author of My Life as a Bench
“A story about love and loss and learning to live again. Reminiscent of The Art of Racing in the Rain.” ~ Julie Mayerson Brown, author of The Long Dance Home
“Highly recommended for fans of paranormal fiction. A must-read for anyone dealing with the grief that follows a great loss.” ~ Rebecca Laclair, author of Radio Head
“A compelling plot that keeps readers turning pages.” ~ Publishers Weekly’s The BookLife Prize