Review: The Second Chances of Priam Wood by Alexander Rigby


Title: The Second Chances of Priam Wood
Series: None
Author: Alexander Rigby
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 13, 2013 by Maple Lane Books
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Priam Wood is a painter, but when the colours of his life coalesce in unwanted ways, he is unable to change the canvas he has created. While he dies alone with no one at his side, he longs for his ballerina Ellie to return, but she is gone and there is no way to get her back…or is there?

Death greets Priam in the form of a white abyss where a golden retriever informs him that he has the chance to relive the seven days of his life that he regrets the most. Before each of his second chances begin however, Priam must first relive each of the seven days the original way they happened, as a passenger within his own body, witnessing the day for what it was while being unable to do anything at all. He has to live through the death of his mother, the end of his relationship with his brother, the tragedy that befalls his son Charlie, and the loss of his one true love Ellie all over again.

During his journey, he is able to amend occurrences in certain ways, but in doing so, his second chances are put on an entirely new trajectory. The seven days are connected and thus, as he begins to alter events that happened during his life, what he comes to fix later on no longer even exists. When he reaches the end, his second days are incomparable to how his life originally went.

The Second Chances of Priam Wood is a story about realising that not everything that happens in our lives can be explained, and that regardless of the tribulations we face, we must never give up.


**A copy was provided for review purposes**


If you could relive seven days of your life and change the things you regretted the most, would you?

‘The Second Chances of Priam Wood’ isn’t something I would normally choose to read but after reading the synopsis i decided i had to give it a go. I am glad i did as i found it to be an excellent read. It was well written and had me captivated almost from the beginning.

My emotions were in turmoil throughout! One minute i’m holding my breath waiting to see the outcome the next i was crying in heartbreak only to laugh in disbelief. I couldn’t make heads or tails of how i was feeling as it was rapidly changing.

I’ve never read anything like it. I was so moved by the story, and what a great read it is. Following Priam’s life was very interesting, to see the mistakes and the choices he made to alter them. I was so captivated it felt like I wasn’t reading the story, I was actually living it along with them.

This novel made me think of what i would do if I were put in his shoes. What seven days would I choose to revisit and amend? It’s a lot harder than it first seems! I feel for Priam at having to go through the original days over again but am then glad he has his chance to rectify them.

The ending didn’t turn out as i hoped it would; it was even better!

Alexander Rigby has been put on my ‘Must Read Author list’. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

5 rating



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