This review is written with thanks to Transworld for my proof copy of The Night That Changed Everything.
Ben and Rebecca are the perfect couple. He is laid back, she is ambitious. Ben is messy, Rebecca tidies up after him. He cried at Titanic, she takes the mickey out of him because he did. They complement each other, and have plans to move in together, until one night, when celebrating Ben's birthday, someone lets slip a secret, which makes Rebecca question everything she knows about Ben. What will it take to bring them back together?
The Night That Changed Everything is written in first person, with alternate chapters narrated by Ben and Rebecca. This helps to give the reader an insight into the feelings and motives of each character and what makes their relationship tick. I am intrigued by the dynamic of a male and female writer working together, and although I am not sure how the writing of chapters was divided, both Tait and Rice capture the unspoken rules of relationships - both friendships and romantic relationships - and this makes the novel more true to life than others in the same genre, and therefore easy to relate to.
The title of the book - The Night That Changed Everything - is ambiguous, and could refer to three different turning points. At times when I was reading, I believed that the "night" in question had already happened, and this made the novel lack a sense of urgency in places, and it was difficult to see where it was going. However, there is a twist: a twist which I did not see coming that is incredibly emotive. I am like Rebecca: I don't cry at films or books, but this tugged at my heartstrings and had me weeping like a baby. It gave me the opportunity to become emotionally involved in the story, which helped me to enjoy it more.
There are some beautiful moments in The Night That Changed Everything which are captured by some lovely quotations, which I feel I can apply to my own life. The comparison of life with a journey, and the idea of making the most of your three billion heartbeats are concepts that particularly resonate with me.
Overall, The Night That Changed Everything is very enjoyable. I'm not usually a huge fan of this type of book, but there are plenty of deviations from the standard chick-lit formula to keep cynics like me turning pages!
The Night That Changed Everything is available from Amazon.