The Girl on the Swing

Rated 5.00/5 based on 14 reviews
Julia believes that she has lived before.
Suspended from her job and grieving for her lost son, Julia's past lives become an escape from her troubles in the present. For the first time, she meets someone in this life whom she recognises from a previous existence. But this man is a murderer, convicted of killing his wife. Past and present entwine, culminating in a dramatic conclusion. More

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Words: 101,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9780956481115
About Ali Cooper

I'm a singer/songwriter/guitarist and I teach guitar.

I currently live in rural Devon - came here for the solar eclipse and stayed!

I have degrees in psychology and archaeology (I'm already published in archaeology non-fiction) and these subjects tend to crop up in my writing.

The Girl on the Swing is my first novel to make it into print. It's published by Standing Stone Press in association with Year Zero Writers collective. It's also available in print with Amazon, B & N, Waterstones etc in US and UK.

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Review by: lesley f on Feb. 13, 2011 :
A great book. I absolutly agree with all the reviews. I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dina Becker on June 02, 2010 :
I enjoyed this book very much. Can't wait to read another one by Ali Cooper!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deanna Figueroa on May 23, 2010 :
I enjoyed The Girl on the Swing immensely. The writing is impeccable and what's best, it wasn't at all predictable. The plot twists were unexpected, but not unbelieveable.

I'd call this mysterious, slightly paranormal Lit Fic. :)

The plot deals with the aftermath of the death of the protaganist's 25 year old son and if that weren't enough, Murphy's law seems to follow poor Dr. Julia Spencer around for a couple of months. She's being sued (due to some bizarre British law) privately by a patient's husband for wrongful death, her hospital doesn't back her up, forcing her into an extended Compassionate Leave. Julia is at loose ends, looking for something to fill up her time.

She has always felt that she lived before and sets off in search of more answers, which enrages her aristocratic surgeon husband and creates an even deeper wedge between them. Julia, while a skilled OB-GYN herself, comes from a working class background and feels more comfortable with 'regular people'. She begins to visit a prisoner as 'voluntary work' and feels a strong past-life connection with this man. She also begins hypnosis sessions in an attempt at further understanding, encouraged by friends to explore what she feels are strong clues to her previous existences. Julia finds out a lot more than she bargained for and there are several plot twists before the ending, which I won't reveal, I hate reviews with spoilers. :D

Although the book deals with some things that are of a supernatural bent, it doesn't go way out on tangents and stays within the realm of believeability.

The story is entertaining and challenging, character development is excellent and the prose is lovely.

Although I can't write a proper review to save my life, I highly recommend this book. I will be reading it again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deanna Figueroa on May 23, 2010 :
I enjoyed The Girl on the Swing immensely. The writing is impeccable and what's best, it wasn't at all predictable. The plot twists were unexpected, but not unbelieveable.

I'd call this mysterious, slightly paranormal Lit Fic. :)

The plot deals with the aftermath of the death of the protaganist's 25 year old son and if that weren't enough, Murphy's law seems to follow poor Dr. Julia Spencer around for a couple of months. She's being sued (due to some bizarre British law) privately by a patient's husband for wrongful death, her hospital doesn't back her up, forcing her into an extended Compassionate Leave. Julia is at loose ends, looking for something to fill up her time.

She has always felt that she lived before and sets off in search of more answers, which enrages her aristocratic surgeon husband and creates an even deeper wedge between them. Julia, while a skilled OB-GYN herself, comes from a working class background and feels more comfortable with 'regular people'. She begins to visit a prisoner as 'voluntary work' and feels a strong past-life connection with this man. She also begins hypnosis sessions in an attempt at further understanding, encouraged by friends to explore what she feels are strong clues to her previous existences. Julia finds out a lot more than she bargained for and there are several plot twists before the ending, which I won't reveal, I hate reviews with spoilers. :D

Although the book deals with some things that are of a supernatural bent, it doesn't go way out on tangents and stays within the realm of believeability.

The story is entertaining and challenging, character development is excellent and the prose is lovely.

Although I can't write a proper review to save my life, I highly recommend this book. I will be reading it again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deanna Figueroa on May 23, 2010 : (no rating)
I enjoyed The Girl on the Swing immensely. The writing is impeccable and what's best, it wasn't at all predictable. The plot twists were unexpected, but not unbelieveable.

I'd call this mysterious, slightly paranormal Lit Fic. :)

The plot deals with the aftermath of the death of the protaganist's 25 year old son and if that weren't enough, Murphy's law seems to follow poor Dr. Julia Spencer around for a couple of months. She's being sued (due to some bizarre British law) privately by a patient's husband for wrongful death, her hospital doesn't back her up, forcing her into an extended Compassionate Leave. Julia is at loose ends, looking for something to fill up her time.

She has always felt that she lived before and sets off in search of more answers, which enrages her aristocratic surgeon husband and creates an even deeper wedge between them. Julia, while a skilled OB-GYN herself, comes from a working class background and feels more comfortable with 'regular people'. She begins to visit a prisoner as 'voluntary work' and feels a strong past-life connection with this man. She also begins hypnosis sessions in an attempt at further understanding, encouraged by friends to explore what she feels are strong clues to her previous existences. Julia finds out a lot more than she bargained for and there are several plot twists before the ending, which I won't reveal, I hate reviews with spoilers. :D

Although the book deals with some things that are of a supernatural bent, it doesn't go way out on tangents and stays within the realm of believeability.

The story is entertaining and challenging, character development is excellent and the prose is lovely.

Although I can't write a proper review to save my life, I highly recommend this book. I will be reading it again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Loretta Proctor on April 05, 2010 :
One of the best stories I've read in a while. The characters are very real people, the plot - while bordering on the supernatural - never feels contrived or unbelievable. As for Ali Cooper's writing style, it is truly beautiful, easy to read, elegant and exquisite prose.
Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Philip Gilliver on April 05, 2010 :
Totally loved it! A wonderfully written peice of work, a modern classic. The Girl On the Swing is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished it and gets you asking questions.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Richard Pierce on April 05, 2010 :
This is a well-crafted and haunting book. It explores how we become trapped by our own doubts and fears when our external lives collapse. It deals with grief and fractured marriage, and the self-doubt which feeds on our despair when we have no-one to turn to. But, ultimately, it is a book of hope and redemption. Exceptionally well-written it is literary fiction at its page-turning best.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chris Dutton on April 04, 2010 :
Gripping,well crafted book I can't wait for more from this writer.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dan Holloway on April 03, 2010 :
This is a beautifully written book, with a great sense of place, superb characterisation, and the sense of an author in control of their work.
(review of free book)

Review by: julie stevenson on April 03, 2010 :
You would call this a page turner, read the book when Ali first published it. No I wont tell you everything, find out yourself.

Julie
(review of free book)

Review by: Peter Sykes on April 03, 2010 :
Well written, entertaining, imaginative plot and avoids many storyline cliches. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
(review of free book)

Review by: brightonlass on April 03, 2010 :
this book paints wonderful pictures and the story gets more and more compelling.
(review of free book)

Review by: guitargirl on April 03, 2010 :
This is truly beautiful prose and imaginative yet spot on observation of detail.

The conclusion to which the story broodingly builds is so completely unexpected that it kicks you in the gut.

Highly recommended.
(review of free book)

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