Wish You Were Here is a very relevant and relatable new novel by best selling author Jodi Picoult.
Diana O’Toole’s life is going perfectly to plan. At twenty-nine, she’s up for promotion to her dream job as an art specialist at Sotheby’s and she’s about to fly to the Galápagos where she’s convinced her surgeon boyfriend, Finn, is going to propose.
But then the virus hits New York City and Finn breaks the news: the hospital needs him, he has to stay. But you should still go, he insists. And reluctantly, she agrees.
Once she’s in the Galápagos, the world shuts down around her, leaving Diana stranded – albeit in paradise. Completely isolated, with only intermittent news from the outside world, Diana finds herself examining everything that has brought her to this point and wondering if there’s a better way to live.
But not everything is as it seems . .
Given what the world has been through over the past couple of years Wish You Were Here feels extremely relatable as the thoughts and feelings the main protagonist Diana has are things many of us have likely felt, while being cut from family and friends due to the covid pandemic.
It’s an extremely clever story and it keeps you guessing. It’s also like many of Jodi’s previous novels very well researched. It shows how plans can change, how the lives we lead and the things we think we want and need, might not be what we want when we are made to stop and reflect. Something that many have done over the course of the pandemic. It makes us question everything in our lives. And this story does all that while keeping you turning the pages and learning more about Diana. A fantastic and thought-provoking read,
Wish You Were Here is released via Hodder books on 25 November, you can get a copy here!