Book Review | At First Sight by Hanna Sutherland


At First Sight is a hard hitting book on suicide.

It follows Nell who works at a suicide hotline center with her roommate Ned. She is struggling with her ex, Joel. She was raised by her single mother and rarely sees her but when she talks to her mother, she is always trying to get her to go out on dates but she doesn’t know that she is still having an occasional meet up with Joel. Nell meets a new guy, Charlie and it begins.


This touches on relationships with exes, suicide, breakups, new relationships with the complicated life experiences you bring with you to it, family, deception of our own guilt, and more.

The first 30% of this book had me regretting it and struggling to get through. There were lots of everyday situations drawn out. You know the mundane things we read to get away from.

Overall, it ended up not being so bad. I did like that Nell and Charlie didn’t just jump into bed together. So if you like slow burn relationships maybe this will peek your interest.

However, if you are looking for a light fluffy romance novel then this is definitely not the book to choose. It is pretty heavy at times and not as much romance as you might expect from a romance novel. There wasn’t much to go on when I was reading what this book was about. I think there was 2 or 3 sentences and it made it seem like Nell and Charlie would meet up and the romance would begin. So, I sort of expected it to be a bit more of a traditional fluff love story than it turned out to be.


**TRIGGER WARNING: Loss, grief and mention of suicide**
Two strangers. Two chance meetings. One extraordinary love story…

Nell and Charlie feel a spark when they meet by chance in a cafe. But they don’t trade numbers, or surnames, so there’s no way they’ll meet again.
But the next day, Nell’s phone rings at work. Somehow, impossibly, Charlie is on the other end. And he needs her help.
Nell is about to save a life, fall in love … and risk everything for a perfect stranger.

The pacing was extremely slow for me and I struggled with that.

The suicide parts were pretty realistic, I thought. I think it is definitely a tough subject to get through and to share with others on a realistic basis. It is good to show that it might be anyone you come across on you day to day.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please get help. There is help out there.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

I’d like to thank NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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