I found this novel to be extremely interesting, since I’ve long had a fascination with lightning. When thunderstorms hit, Rose Bowen finds herself inside another woman’s body, experiencing her life and living her emotions. Is this only a migraine, as Rose’s boyfriend, the tediously boring Victor asserts, or is something else happening?
Rose’s life is the same, day-after-day, taking care of her mother who suffers from dementia, running the family classic movie theater, and sleeping with Victor on the same nights week after week. Having a peek at another, more exciting life becomes an obsession for Rose. She seeks our thunderstorms with the hopes of experiencing someone else’s life.
When Rose realizes that this is a real woman, whose life she is experiencing, she begins to track her down, for what reason, Rose is not entirely sure. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I’ll just leave it here. However, I will say that this experience gives Rose the jolt (pun intended) that she has needed for a long time. I highly recommend this novel. Well done, Gowdy!