Eternal Life by Dara Horn is an adult fiction novel.
Imagine a world where you couldn’t die? Generation after generation you are reborn and doomed to be eighteen forever. For Rachel and Elazar this is their reality. Doomed to live forever after making a vow to give up their death for another, they must now live with the consequences.
Today, Rachel is a widow with grandchildren who have children. Her business is failing and one of her sons is floundering. This is only the beginning of the troubles plaguing her in this life and she is tired… just so tired. Rachel has tried everything to end her life over the past 2,000 years and nothing has worked.
Filled with guilt and regret in an era where technology is increasing her chances of being discovered, Rachel must find a way out and for good this time. Can she do it? And will the faces and memories from her past get in her way?
I can totally see a ton of people liking this book. I liked it. Did it enthrall me until the bitter end? Mehhh. This is going to be a really hard review to write because I did like it a lot and there wasn’t anything I didn’t like but it just wasn’t one that left an impression with me. I could definitely see myself accidentally pulling it from the shelf a few years from now and vaguely remembering that I read it but having no recollection of what it is actually about.
I think if I had read this one for a book club or with more intention then a pleasure read, I would have gotten a lot out of it. Instead I sort of rushed through it because my loan was expiring–I finished with two hours to spare!
One of the things I did like about Eternal Life was how complex Rachel and Elazar’s relationship was. There were these layers to their lives that only revealed themselves as we delve deeper into Rachel’s memories. I’d actually would have liked to a chapter or two from Elazar’s perspective just to get into his head a bit.
There was nothing wrong with this book, it just wasn’t really for me. This one gets 3.5 stars from me.
That’s all for now!