Book Review

If I Could Say Goodbye – Emma Cooper

Today I am reviewing If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper. My thanks to Emma and Headline for my copy of this book which I received via NetGalley.


A heart-warming and uplifting story about love, loss and finding the strength to say goodbye, from the author of The First Time I Saw You.

Jennifer Jones’ life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born. So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can’t comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of Kerry, she doesn’t realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family.

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister. But what if she could?

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?



Emma Cooper’s books always tug at the heart-strings, and just reading the blurb, it was clear to see that this was another one that would have me reaching for the tissue box. If I Could Say Goodbye is a heart-breaking look at Jen’s struggle to deal with witnessing the death of her sister. As she battles to deal with the guilt she feels about Kerry’s death, Jen’s behaviour becomes more and more reckless as her mental health spirals.

As hard as Jen’s experiences are, it is Ed’s story that really got to me. He is grieving too but with the additional pain of watching Jen derail and not knowing how to help her. At times his utter bafflement adds a light touch of humour, but it gets more and more heart-breaking as the book progresses and he starts to realise how Jen’s behaviour is affecting the kids. I know from experience how hard it is to watch the people you love suffer and not be able to do a thing about it, and Emma Cooper captures this beautifully and gently.

If you have read Emma’s previous books, just keep your eye out for Ed and Jen’s trip to the cinema – I think there is something there that you will enjoy.

If I Could Say Goodbye is out now and you can buy your copy here.

You can read more about Emma Cooper and her other books on Goodreads.

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