The Counting Downers


Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment. It is a full-length, stand-alone novel.





The loss of a loved one is life changing.

No words can express all the emotions that come with it, nor can the extent of its impact be captured completely. It is a significant moment in one’s life that is profound and very much etched in every momentous occasion in your future.

The Counting Downers is set in a world where everybody’s life clock is printed on his or her head, the reminder of death is overwhelming. What’s the catch? Not only are you unaware of your own passing, you’re not allowed to inform anyone of their own death. In one of the most outstanding debut novels I have ever read AJ Compton has written a novel about love, death and the consuming need to experience one without the constant reminder of the other.

As Matilda Evans, Compton’s main character deals with the death of her father; readers witness the contradiction of life when living under these circumstances. Trying to live Truly, Deeply, Freely, Matilda Evans unfortunately is consumed by her inevitable death and that of those around her. Crippling her choices and her future, Matilda Evans is in desperate search for a happy medium.

Tristan Isaacs is the soul of this book. Even though his perspective only makes a few appearances, his maturity, his honesty, his love and his loss is poignant, powerful and influential. As he searches to find his place in life, his connection to Matilda and her mantra of living, Truly, Deeply, Freely is strong. Readers will come face to face with a love, so sincere and tender, yet simultaneously fierce and all consuming.

AJ Compton’s writing is magnificent; her ability to capture the depth, seriousness and pain of life influenced by death is extraordinary. And, better yet to deliver such truths through such young characters is remarkable. As Matilda and Tristan grow, in friendship and in love, Compton has let their hearts bleed on every page, to ensure the true meaning of T.I.M.E is wholeheartedly understood.

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