Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Synopsis: After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

Review: I like Sophie Kinsella’s books, but I haven’t read one of her novels in years. In any case, I was curious to discover another of her stories after so long.

Sylvie and Dan have a nice life, they have two lovely little girls. However, their lives will change when, after an appointment with their doctor, they learn that they will live to be 100 years old. They are in their thirties and knowing that makes them ask themselves many questions: can they handle 70 years together? They didn’t realize it was so long… They will try to surprise themselves, but things are not that simple. This story will disturb them, dig a distance between them and Sylvie will try more than anything to understand what is going on.

I enjoyed discovering this couple and especially Sylvie. We gradually enter their lives and discover an attentive husband, yet something is wrong. We will also discover some secrets, but rather towards the end of the story and I must admit that I didn’t expect this at all and I found it very interesting and well brought. Yes, because I have to admit that the whole first part of the story is quite slow and redundant and I didn’t really understand where the author wented to go. But this end was surprising.

So it was a pretty nice novel to discover.

13 thoughts on “Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

  1. I read a Sophie Kinsella book forever ago and really liked it. You review reminded me why and that I should get more of her books.

  2. Hmmm… not sure how I feel about the redundancy and slow pace in the first portion, that puts me off. Sophie Kinsella is hit or miss for me. I hated her Shopaholic series, but that’s me.

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