Review on: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

the things we learn when we'er dead

About the author ( info used from Charlie’s website put into my words)

Charlie Laidlaw

Charlie Laidlaw was born in central Scotland and was brought up in the west of Scotland. He graduated from University of Edinburgh. Charlie has a wide range of jobs; street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer, working in a restaurant, journaliam and a PR consultant. Charlie lives in East Lothian with his wife and has two grown-up children.




Publication date: 21st September 2017

Publisher: Accent Press

ISBN: Paperback 9781786150356

Pages: 397 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Fantasy

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover of the book)

Small decisions can have unintended consequences, but sometimes we get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital- but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy, captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At First Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return- some good, some bad- she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

My Review


Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to the author Charlie Laidlaw for not only asking me to read and review his book, but also for so kindly sending me a signed copy. (which I will treasure!)

I really love this fun front cover! The whole thing portrays light-heartedness in my eyes. From the space scene with a rocket; containing a hamster/garble taking off from a planet. I really like the cream border around the cover image, authors name and title, it really draws your eye’s in to give you eyes a gander!

Lorna is studying law and hoping at the end of her training she is hoping to help people in need and to stand up for issues she believes in. She is hoping to join Toby Redmarch’s law firm when she qualified! One evening Lorna goes to a dinner party at Toby’s home. Felling a bit under the weather, which Toby notices and sends her home in a cab. On getting home the cab drops her on the opposite side of the road, and as she steps out off the curb onto the road she get’s hit by and oncoming car.

When Lorna comes round, she finds herself in a strange kind of hospital, she finds herself mighty confused where are her family are and why her nurse looks the spit in image of Sean Connery; who won’t seem to answer any of her questions. Her confuses continues when she meets chain-smoking Irene after a back out. Irene speaks of Lorna in the past tense and informs her of her accident which caused her death; which is why she finds her self on the facility (HVN). Still feeling confused and shocked she meets God a track suit wearing hippy; who looks out for everyone in HVN and he doesn’t make it any clearer.

As the story goes on Lorna suffers from flash backs to some specific moments in her life, some of them good and others not so. She see’s these moments when she has either up-set someone she loves or a mistakes she made had consequences. And as she spends time on HVN, she learns that the facility is a spaceship that has got stuck in space, and where your every desire is catered for by Trinny the ship’s computer system. The ship seems to be full of famous lookalikes from Tony Blear to Kate Winslet when Irene tells her you can be who ever you want, have what ever you want. God seems to have a plan for Lorna; where she has to make a big decision, But what is this big plan for Lorna? what is her big decision? Will she relies why she’s there? Will she be able to go home to the people she loves?

I have to say I was really quite intrigued by this book as soon as the author got in touch with me, because it’s a bit different from what I normally read, and wasn’t sure it was going to be a book for me. However as you know I like to push my reading and like read that something different sometimes. I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, gauging by how quickly I read it!!!!! I thought the God and Heaven thing was what made me a bit weary because I’m not really religious, but it’s not like I thought at all. Charlie has pushed the boundary of what ‘Heaven’ and ‘God’ is like on a fun and intriguing way; which makes this story so unique in my eye’s!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought Lorna’s flash back’s were really great for the reader to understand her character; which Charlie has written so well and with great detail, as he does throughout the story. Each chapter made me feel like I was watching a TV series which I think makes the whole book completely addictive to read, and I didn’t want it to end at all. Oh and also I adored the ending!!

Would I read this book again? YES I sure would, it’s defiantly not what I expected, in a good way though!  I think The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw is a book that’s going to do well for being light-hearted, refreshing and beautifully written. I would highly recommend it!

                                                      Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                        The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

                                                     A wonderful 5 Sparkly Stars



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