How to Save a Life – Clare Swatman – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Clare Swatman, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.


One night in December, twenty-two year old Ted Green makes his way to Waterloo Bridge determined to end his life. Lonely, despairing and utterly hopeless, it seems the only choice to make.

That same night in December, Marianne Cooper is running away from a party. Having found her boyfriend in a passionate clinch with someone else, Marianne can’t get away fast enough. But as she makes her way along London’s South Bank, a figure catches her eye on top of the bridge.

Then she sees him, a man ready to jump.

When Marianne saves Ted’s life, this night in December becomes one they’ll never forget, but as Ted watches Marianne leave in a black taxi, all he can think is he should have asked her name.

In a story spanning twenty years, join Ted and Marianne as they navigate life’s twists and turns, joys and heartbreaks, while all the time wondering – will fate ever bring them together again…

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My Thoughts

How to Save a Life is a beautiful tale of how someone can impact the life of another, even in the shortest of interactions and moments.  It explores many current and relevant issues that will resonate with most readers, and it looks at how people develop, grow and change over time and with this – how their relationships with others do too.

The plot follows Ted and Marianne from their chance encounter one winter night until they meet again.  Both make a huge impact on the other but have no easy way of contacting each other afterwards. 

By looking at both Ted’s and Marianne’s relationships as time passes, Clare Swatman navigates the world of mental health and unstable/difficult relationships we have with the people around us but also the positive impact our relationships can have on our lives.  She also explores the age old question of What If? which provides some real thought provoking ideas and opportunities for self-reflection.

This is not a light and fluffy book, with some heavy subject matter to contemplate but somehow, it gave me such an emotional journey and left me with all the feels.  It’s a wonderful story and will leave you with a warm feeling inside.  

Author Bio – Clare Swatman

Clare Swatman is the author of three women’s fiction novels, published by Macmillan, which have been translated into over 20 languages. She has been a journalist for over twenty years, writing for Bella and Woman & Home amongst many other magazines. She lives in Hertfordshire. Before We Grow Old, was published in January 2022.

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