OUT OF REACH by Missy Johnson


Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author and I had no idea what to expect. Goodness gracious me! I was literally sucked into a whirlwind of emotions from the first page of the prologue! This beautifully written story is about life, death, undying love, and above all, complete and utter trust between three lifelong friends.

The protagonists’ tightly-knit relationship is put into perspective when we read flashbacks of Em’s memories throughout this incredibly heart-wrenching love story. Although they all have their own stories to tell, the crux of the matter is without a doubt, Andy. His battle against the clock, his wish to please the two people he loves while suffering such a dire illness, his compunction to live life to the best of his possibilities, is described by the author in minuscule detail. A warning here folks! Get your hankies ready because Andy, Em and Seth are going to rock your boat in an ocean of grief, a touch of happiness and yes, humour! Just to give you an idea of how absorbing this story is—mundane things like going to sleep were insignificant!

Since time is Andy’s enemy, he gives them a list of unfulfilled wishes which they’ll do their utmost to accomplish. Get ready for a laugh and a half here because some of the things he asks them to do are hilarious. They’ve stood by him through thick and thin since youngsters and it’s his way of saying how much he appreciates their undeniable love. The last wish was not exactly unexpected, but when it happened, it left me mentally distraught. It also made me reflect upon many who have left someone dear behind. Not only does that person want one to carry on living, but they also want to be remembered for the good times they have had with them. And boy oh boy, when you reach this point in the book, you think you know what’s coming! Far from it! Andy unselfishly has the last word which will bring a smile to your face, make you cry heaps of tears and make you want to read this book again!

Whether or not Em eventually accepts her destiny with open arms remains to be seen, and can Seth keep his promise to his best friend and override the deeply embedded guilt he’s carried on his shoulders since Andy fell ill? These two loveable and caring characters take the back-seat with admirable finesse because all said and done, this is Andy’s story. Perfectly narrated, faultlessly written and simply unputdownable!

Well! What can I say to you Ms Johnson? Your ability to hit home and your sensitivity regarding this horrendous illness is unquestionably commendable. You have managed to take me on a roller-coaster ride of unfathomable heights and I’m still coming down! I could write more about your marvellous characters but it would be totally unfair to the reader. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read such a touching story.

Simply bravisimo!