The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Review)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

35663816Format: Paperback

Source: Christmas gift from a friend

Publisher: Tinder Press

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

Publication Date: 12th July 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the phrophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat, or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.”

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My Thoughts & Review

This was a Christmas present from my best friend. I took my sweet time to read this one and kept it as my go to book when I wasn’t really in the mood to read anything else.

I found this to be a very unique read, I don’t think I’ve read a book like it before. It was very thought provoking and had me thinking about it even after finishing it.

I thought it was really well written. The story line was interesting. It’s told using the different perspectives of four  siblings, who have found out when they will die from a fortune teller when they were young (I won’t say any more) I enjoyed reading how the lives of these four siblings unfolded.

When it comes to the characters I’m not sure what I really thought of them, there was a mixture of some interesting ones to some that seemed to be a bit boring. I found that they younger siblings lives were more interesting, whereas the older ones seemed to be sad that depressing. I couldn’t work out was are they sad because they know when they will die or is it because that’s the way they are.

Although I found this to be an addictive read I may not be for everybody. But I definitely recommend that everyone should give this one a go. I also think this would be a great book club read, as I can see a great discussion happening about this book.

My Rating


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  1. I agree with you that the concept is really unique and I also found some siblings to be more interesting than others. I think that the author could have developed their lives in a more positive way rather than the depressing thoughts some had just because they knew when they would die. Great review!

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    • Thanks Darina!!! Yeah if the author had done these things would have probably been a 5 out of 5 from me. It was the second half of the book that brought my rating down.


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