Things To Do Before The End Of The World by Emily Barr #BlogTour

A timely and powerful coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of
Flora Banks.

What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth
that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left – a year’s worth at most?

You’d work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you’ve never been brave enough to do before?
Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who does she wants to be?

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed.
Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.

But Natasha definitely isn’t everything she first appears to be . . .

My Thoughts


The blurb of this book was enough to get me excited, so when I had the chance to participate in the blog tour for this book I just couldn’t refuse!.

In this book we meet Olivia, a woman who finds herself facing the knowledge that life, and the world that she knows, is coming to an end. This prompts Olivia to compile a bucket list of things she wishes to do before her limited time runs out, but when she is faced with such a task, she finds it rather impossible to condense all she wishes to do with her life down to the contents of a list.

Then, out of nowhere, Olivia is contacted by Natasha – a long lost cousin that prior to this moment, Olivia had no idea existed!. Deciding to live in the moment, Olivia and Natasha meet up to spend their last summer together, and Olivia finds herself entranced by Natasha’s confidence and easy way with life, everything she wishes she could be herself. But the more time that she spends with her cousin, the more it comes to light that Natasha is not all that she seems.

Where do I start with this book! The storyline is so unique and full of drama and suspense, it really does reel you in and keep you captivated from the very first page. I love the way this story is told, really giving us an insight into the mindset of Olivia as she faces the harsh reality of the world coming to an end.

The characters are wonderfully developed and each of them have their own complex personalities. The varying characteristics of these characters really does enhance the story and adds new depths to this fantastic story.

This book is full of drama and suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat as the story pushes forward and reaches its climax. This is without a doubt a must read for 2021 and a book I will be recommending to everyone!.

About the Author

I started out working as a journalist in London, but always
hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. I managed, somehow, to get commissioned to go travelling for a year, and came home with the beginnings of a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and I have since written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three book for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world. 

I live in Cornwall with my husband Craig and our children.


*Thank you to Dave at The Write Reads, Penguin Books and Emily Barr for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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