A gripping psychological thriller from acclaimed author Jessica Shirvington.Sabine isn’t like anyone else.
For as long as she can remember, she’s had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she ‘Shifts’, living each day twice. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine’s family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.
All Sabine really wants is the chance to live one life. When it seems like this might finally be possible, Sabine begins a series of dangerous experiments to achieve her goal. But is she willing to risk everything—including the one person who might actually believe her?
I was really excited to read One Past Midnight, mostly because of the unique concept. The idea of living two lives fascinated me, so I thought for sure that I would really enjoy this book. I have also heard good things about the author’s other books, but unfortunately I’m thinking twice about checking them out after how disappointing One Past Midnight turned out for me.
In One Past Midnight, Sabine lives two lives. In one life, she has it all and in the other, nothing is how she wants it to be. Every night at midnight, she “shifts” from one life to another. Usually, her physical appearance remains the same in both worlds (for example, if she cut her hair in one world, it would remain shorter in the other world) until one night she realizes that something has changed and her two realities no longer affect each other. Is this her chance to finally live the one life she’s always wanted?
My main problem with this story lies with Sabine herself. I felt bad for her, since she struggled to live two lives at once, but I still strongly disliked her. She always made irrational decisions and rarely considered how her actions might affect others. Sabine was immature, and fell immediately in love with Ethan, even though he clearly wanted to distance himself from her. Her recklessness and desire to always put herself in danger frustrated me constantly, and I couldn’t understand or connect with her at all.
Of course, she falls immediately in love with Ethan when she meets him (instalove alert!). The can’t stop thinking about him and his dreamy eyes…WHY. When she ends up in the hospital, he is chosen to supervise her because of their instant connection (can you tell how frustrated I am yet?). He is constantly testing her and is very suspicious of her alleged “double life.” He could be nice to her at times, sure, but he never seemed to fully trust her and Sabine was hopelessly in love with him anyways.
Very little is explained when it comes to the premise. I never fully understood how Sabine’s double lives and how they functioned. The cause of the change in her lives (her physical appearance not being affected by the other worlds) was never explained. The concept of living two lives never felt truly explored, and pretty much only used as a set-up for a love triangle. I really wish that there had been more explanation of how the worlds worked, as well a better usage of the concept instead of just being used for romantic purposes.
There was a lot at stake in One Past Midnight, so I hoped that a shocking ending would help change my opinion on this book. The ending was shocking, but it also felt really…weird. The plot twist seemed to come out of nowhere and honestly, it didn’t have much of an effect on me since I wasn’t very invested in the story. After this disappointing experience, I doubt that I’ll pick up any other books by this author since I didn’t enjoy One Past Midnight at all. 1/5 stars.