A year can go quickly. Particularly when it’s your last.
Adam had a good life: a job he enjoyed, a nice house, a loving partner and a bright six-year-old daughter. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out of their home. And then he was given approximately twelve months to live.
Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all desperate to feel alive before their time is up.
Having read the blurb for this book, even though I knew due to the nature of the storyline it probably wasn’t going to be one of the easiest books to read, I still felt compelled to read it and I am so glad I did.
The story centres around Adam and a group of people he meets at a self help group for learning how to deal with the fact you are dying. Like I mentioned, it is a bit of a sombre read in places but it is also a bitter sweet read with some humour thrown in.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters, more so Adam, Laura and Tom. They were the ones that really stood out to me. It was good to get inside these characters heads for their thoughts and emotions of what was happening to them and how they deal with it. My heart broke more than a few times for them all but more so for Adam and knowing how much of his young daughter’s life he would be missing out on.
The Last Act Of Adam Campbell was such a wonderful story. I would urge everyone to read it. It opens up the often taboo subject of dying but it is done in a light hearted way that gives plenty of food for thought. The ending was wonderfully done and yes, inevitably I cried. It was a mixture of happiness and sadness though. A compelling, heartfelt story that will stick with me.
The Last Act Of Adam Campbell is available to purchase from Amazon.