How to Save a Life

Junior doctor Kerry Smith is addicted to rescuing others. Eighteen years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1999, she saved the life of teenage footballer Joel Greenaway who ‘died’ for eighteen minutes. But life after death doesn’t guarantee a happy ending …

Joel can’t let go of the future he longed for and rejects Kerry with a cruelty that wrecks her plans. Her best friend Tim can’t forgive himself for freezing when Joel collapsed, and when Tim lies about what really happened, the shame traps him in a life he loathes.

The shockwaves of that night change the course of three lives over the next eighteen years. Each time Kerry, Joel and Tim believe they’ve found love, discovered their vocation or simply moved on, their lives collide again.

Joel is the first to break, followed by Tim. But when it’s Kerry who needs saving, will anyone be there for her?

Structured around the internationally recognised ‘chain of survival ‘ – four simple steps that allow any of us to help save a life – this epic love story explores how heroism isn’t only about what you do when disaster strikes. It’s also about how you find the courage to put yourself back together afterwards.

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