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BEYOND PARALLEL by MATTHEW TURNER Launch day

BLURB

One boy. One girl. One insignificant moment that changes their lives forever.

Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?

In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking, Beyond Parallel flips between two parallel tales. One follows Bella and Clark as a couple, the other as if they never meet. 

Friendships, careers, dreams, fantasies…their lives are no different to yours or mine.

Follow their journey over a fast paced, mazy two-years. Highflying careers, book tours, teaching teenagers, hipster warehouses, coffee shop hangouts, a despicable salesman…they’re all confronted.

It’s incredible how a small, everyday decision can affect how you look, where you live, the people you love, and who you become. We could all live a billion lives, but we’re only given one. Is it all a game of chance, or are Bella and Clark meant to be?

REVIEW

Genre: romance, couldn’t put down, 
Rating: 5 wings

Have you ever made a decision and then later thought ‘What If?’ . . .  ‘who would I have met? would we have fallen in love? would I have been successful? and happier?’
Regrets are an integral part of human nature but in ‘Beyond Parallel’ Matthew Turner takes this idea and extends it – allowing his characters to live their ‘if’ and their ‘now’.
Matthew Turner leads his reader on an original an unexpected journey, which I loved every minute of, and I would like to thank him for my ARC of ‘Beyond Parallel’ which he offered to me in exchange for an honest review.
The story centres around the lives of Bella and Clark and thus the reader has to be aware of changes in perspectives and switches in parallel lives. It would therefore be easy for there to be confusion but Matthew Turner’s prose is flowing; he keeps each narrative short and has a continuous pattern of narrator.
I found I knew which character would be speaking when, and in which ‘life’ and that Matthew Turner’s rich storytelling actually made ‘Beyond Parallel’ more of an interesting read.
The characters are intricately thought out, and the complicated events of their lives are enough to make the plot stimulating but not too much that the reader is overwhelmed with information.
‘Beyond Parallel’ is also an honest love story – Matthew Turner certainly does not create an idealistic view of romance – these characters feel raw human emotion and they have to find ways to make their relationships work  just like the rest of us. I appreciate how hard the author works to connect his reader with his work.
Matthew Turner invites his reader to consider their own ‘What If?’ which I think is perhaps the most clever factor of all in this book and strengthens this connection.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to read and review this book before its release and thank Matthew Turner. I now recommend others to go out and purchase their own copy – you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of the author’s work!

WIN

Matthew Turner is offering a reader a copy of ‘Beyond Parallel’  . . . .leave a blog post comment below and tell me your own ‘What If’ . . . . . 

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