The Girl on the Swing

Rated 5.00/5 based on 12 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
Available ebook formats: epub mobi lrf html
First 20% Sample: epub mobi (Kindle) lrf Online Reader
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.

Learn more about Ali Cooper

Also by This Author

Reviews of The Girl on the Swing by Ali Cooper

lesley f reviewed on Feb. 13, 2011

A great book. I absolutly agree with all the reviews. I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Dina Becker reviewed on June 2, 2010

I enjoyed this book very much. Can't wait to read another one by Ali Cooper!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Deanna Figueroa reviewed 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 22 days after purchase)
Loretta Proctor reviewed on April 5, 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)
Philip Gilliver reviewed on April 5, 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)
Richard Pierce reviewed on April 5, 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)
Chris Dutton reviewed on April 4, 2010

Gripping,well crafted book I can't wait for more from this writer.
(review of free book)
Dan Holloway reviewed on April 3, 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)
julie stevenson reviewed on April 3, 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.

(review of free book)
Peter Sykes reviewed on April 3, 2010

Well written, entertaining, imaginative plot and avoids many storyline cliches. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
(review of free book)

Print Edition

Report this book