How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life : A novel

3.8 (2,016 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.8 (2,016 ratings by Goodreads)

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The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love?

Dom is having a very bad day-one he literally can't escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancee whom he hasn't seen in almost a decade, he believes they've been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she's alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he's forced to confront the truth about himself and those he's closest to, Dom vows that he'll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 303 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Lake Union Publishing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542005094
  • 9781542005098
  • 2,600,358

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"Authors Fenton and Steinke have created a realistic look at the trauma that reliving the same events multiple times might cause a person as they try to come to terms with the impossible. They also explore the meaning of love, compatibility, and how a person might change-yet remain the same-over the course of a decade or even just a week. Their storytelling is on point, and each version is told from a new angle as Dom mentally works through the situation he's in, trying to grapple with how he can become a better man. A well-told story that leaves some questions unanswered-but in a good way." -Kirkus Reviews

"How to Save a Life is a roller-coaster ride. With a modern take on the Groundhog Day premise, Fenton and Steinke have created a heartfelt adventure of one man's journey to save the life of the woman he loves. The suspense will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. This is their best novel yet." -Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and All We Ever Wanted

"Groundhog Day meets Serendipity in this compelling and clever novel about fate, love, and soul mates. I cracked it open on a plane and inhaled it in one sitting because I had to know if Dom could save the love of his life. No spoilers, but a warning: keep tissues handy for this gorgeously satisfying book." -Colleen Oakley, author of You Were There Too

"With How to Save a Life, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke deliver another winner, where the relatable protagonist Dom is forced to live the same day over and over again-always culminating in a tragic end for the love of his life, Mia, with whom he has recently reconnected. Bittersweet, heartfelt, and captivating, this is a story about love, regret, forgiveness, and the beautiful messiness of life. I couldn't put it down!" -Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me

"Poignant, suspenseful, and utterly original, How to Save a Life kept me guessing with every page I turned. Through magical storytelling and heartfelt prose, Liz and Lisa masterfully explore the importance of living fully in the present moment, without being restrained by the past or derailed by the future." -Kristin Rockaway, author of How to Hack a Heartbreak

"Liz and Lisa's latest is flawless and irresistible, profoundly moving and endlessly emotional. How to Save a Life is a truly unique and beautiful reimagining of Groundhog Day, asking if life and death are preordained, if our destiny is predetermined, and if some lives are meant to be saved." -Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell
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About Liz Fenton

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years and survived high school and college together. They've coauthored seven novels, including The Two Lila Bennetts, Girls' Night Out, and the Amazon Charts bestseller The Good Widow. In their former lives, Liz worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and Lisa was a talk show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California. Find them at and on Instagram at @lisaandliz.
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3.8 out of 5 stars
- 2,016 ratings
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4 38% (770)
3 27% (537)
2 7% (140)
1 2% (40)
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