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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  70,952 ratings  ·  5,879 reviews
See me just as I see you . . .

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlie
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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2.5 Stars

"Okay".........something's missing here........When I decide to read a Nicholas Sparks novel, I pretty much know and look forward to what I'm going to get, but SEE ME just did not work. It had a somewhat different flair (which is "Okay") with a stalker on the loose and an unlikely leading man with a dark history and hot temper added to the "mediocre" romantic mix, but..........

I'm sorry to say, SEE ME has turned out to be my least favorite NS read. The love connection lacked real feelin

Krystal Bond
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Sparks does it once again. Yet another well written story about love, with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown into the mix. The story was a bit slow going at first, I believe this is his longest novel yet. It almost felt a bit to descriptive to start off, but when I got a little over halfway through I could hardly put it down. It ended up being just as lovely and thrilling as most all of his stories. I'll be shocked if I ever dislike one of his novels. ...more
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I've read all Nicholas Sparks books so far and I loved them all - and I think I cried A LOT with every book. Unlike most of my reading-blogging-friends, Twilight did NOT start my reading-addiction - it was A Walk to Remember

I cried a tiny little bit - I knew where the story was going from pretty much the very first time the bad guy was mentioned - the story was a bit slow, too long, too uneventful in the beginning - BUT ... it was refreshingl
Oct 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
If you're wondering if Nicholas Sparks still has it after his divorce, he doesn't.

This was not what I expected. It was not a love story. It was a stalker, suspense, twist and turn story. With so much detail oh my lord over the top details!

Maybe other people will like it but I was so disappointed. I didn't even cry!!!!! I just wanted it to be over. And I skimmed so much.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed. I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, but this book just didn't live up to the hype. I guessed at almost all of the plot twists before they happened, so there were no real surprises. I know this book was a step into a new genre for him, but I hope he goes back to writing what he does best. If the book had been written by anyone other than Nicholas Sparks, I would have put it down halfway through and not even finished it. Just ... Disappointed ... ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
The last 100 pages of this book just destroyed me, no joke. It was an edge on your seat type thrill that I couldn't put the book down without having to see it through to the end. If you know me well, you will know that I actually do enjoy reading books by Nicholas Sparks and See Me was a good read. The plot followed Colin, a 28 year old having a second chance in life by training to be a teacher in College after he became aggressive, ended up on the wrong side of the law and having his parents th ...more
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
3.5 Stars

Colin was the third child and only child of his parents. His parents sent him to a military school where did wrestling, boxing and judo. He was a violent and angry man with no plans for his life until he decided to go to college at the age of 25. Evan his friend was an accountant and financial planner. Colin over in Evan's apartment on rent.

Maria was a lawyer who worked at the district attorney's office. She and Colin met on the highway when her car broke and Colin helped her with it.
Dale Harcombe
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts off with an unidentified male person wanting vengeance on Maria Sanchez. It then introduces the two main characters. Colin Hancock, who has in the past had a chequered history with the law. He is now seeking to change his life, earn a teaching degree and have his criminal record expunged. One rainy night he meets Maria Sanchez, who is a lawyer. From then on chapters are told alternately between Colin and Maria. The novel turns into a love story, which is no surprise given that ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've loved everything Nicholas Sparks has ever written...until now.

I preordered this book and counted down the days until its release. It automatically downloaded on my Kindle and I began reading. I read the prologue and exited the book, assuming I had somehow started to read the wrong thing. No, it was See Me. I read the first chapter and googled the book to make sure it hadn't been written by someone with a similar name. No, it was the same Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook and At First S
Maria, a busy lawyer, meets Colin, by a strange coincidence. The two couldn't be more different, but there is a spark between them. One day, Maria receives flowers and a highly questionable message that brings her past into the present. From that moment, the book is exclusively about that. The relationship between Maria and Colin is relegated to the background, which I personally find very sad. In my eyes, there are better Spark's books. With time, one doesn't want to read on.

Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It was as if Nicholas Sparks meets Stephen King, but in milder way, since Stephen's books are much more darker and suspenseful. Yet again that's just typical of the author since there are always blossoms an immediate chemistry and attraction with Spark's main characters. Nevertheless, I didn't like how he changed his usual style in this book, he always focuses more on the romance and the main characters' developing relationship, the concept of this novel leaned more on the suspense. Col
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
I hope Nicholas Sparks hated writing this novel as much as I hated reading it. Then at least I'll have some vindication for how much of a true let down this was. Not only did I not like the characters and not like the main love story, it pissed me off. It was such an awful calculated "thriller" where the characters couldn't put the pieces together and made you cringe and yell at the book constantly for just how stupid they were. Why can't Sparks just stick to what he does best, a genuine honest ...more
Judy D Collins
Gifted Southern storyteller, Nicholas Sparks continues to “pull out all the stops” with his new romantic thriller, SEE ME assured to be yet another bestseller, and blockbuster movie.

A novel of second chances, as the past and present collide, with a roller-coaster ride of emotion, suspense, mystery, and thriller . . And, as always, a love story running in the background, found in the most likely of places.

SEE ME, just as I see you . . . what powerful words.

Set in Wilmington, North Carolina
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

While I usually tend to lean more towards YA books ( fantasy & dystopian being my faves ), I have a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks. I have read pretty much all his novels, own my favorites and watched all the ones that have been converted to movies. His books give me those warm, fuzzy feels that a girl needs every now and then. This being his newest one, it had a slightly darker feel than the others.

The book centers around Maria, a child of Mexican immigrants who became a lawyer and Colin
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This will be Nicholas's first book published post his divorce (which i was heartbroken about tbh) <\\3
We shall see if he has not lost his (magic) touch & can still woo us with his love stories. I quote him something to the effect ,that when he wakes up every morning & looks at Cath (his wife...I mean ex-wife D: ) ,thats the love he writes about. But thats no more right...? :(

2015 read:
Did not enjoy this much sadly
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
See Me was a bit of light, warm reading for me and one where I wasn’t sure where the storyline was heading next and thinking about what was going to happen to the characters. Though romance novels are hit and miss for me this novel had some murder, romance, mystery, violence and tragedy in a light tone. An enjoyable read with some likeable characters.
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Worst book from Nicholas Sparks ever. And worst book I've read in some time. I've been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for his previous works but there were so many places this went wrong..

First, the characters: Maria, supposedly a smart, driven lawyer but portrayed as weak and insipid; Colin, an annoying combination of testosterone/rage and sensitive devotion to Maria; Evan and Lilly, a couple whose relationship is mainly her manipulating him with skimpy clothing and innuendos of sexual rewards
Kelsey Marie
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*****For my full review of this brilliant book, stop by Darling & Co.*****

So this book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. Last October when it was published, I purchased the audiobook of it and then never listened to it. My thought process was that I would buy a book that was kind of long and then listen to it while I worked out; that didn't happen, and the book went unread/un-listened to. So this last weekend, I was sitting around reading different things, and I saw it sitting in my
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it

This is a very different Nicholas Sparks book! If you loved The Notebook or The Best of Me, See Me may not be for you. When I began reading See Me, I was disappointed in the story. Nicholas Sparks' new style was interesting but not great for me. The love connection between Colin and Maria lacked real feeling and appeared unlikely. See Me is definitely my least favourite NS read but it kept me engaged until the last chapter. 3 stars
This is not your ordinary Nicholas Sparks’s novel. If you think this is another book full of cliched and tragic-romantic love story and threadbare phrases, you’re wrong.

Full review to come.
N.KH #
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the story is all about Marie, a lawyer , who was involved in case that ended up by burning the victim alive, and the murderer himself did not live any longer. despite the fact that Marie did all her best to the client who had been burned .the client's brother accused her that she was the main reason for what had happened.

after a while, she forgot all about that ,for she was utterly concentrating on her job and mainly because she had met an interesting person , Colin, who had a violent history.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author but this just may be my least favorite of his. Sadly just didn't connect to the characters, their love story, or just the story in general :/ ...more
See Me is a departure from the tear-inducing novels that Sparks typically writes and I appreciated the mystery, thriller and suspense angles. While I pieced together things, thanks to some carefully placed clues I nonetheless enjoyed both the characters and the twists.

A chance encounter has Colin Hancock and Maria Sánchez meeting and thanks to the help of another character, these two meet yet again and begin a friendship that quickly moves to romance. These two are opposites, and I loved the slo
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
well, at this point I'm beginning to wonder if Nicholas Sparks just writes the books to be made into movies? As usual, the story is good, but his way of telling it is just...ok. I 99.9% of the time prefer his books as movies (with the exception of The Longest Ride , which was fantastic).

This one had more of a mystery-romance vibe going on, so it veered a little different than most of his other books that I've read. All in all, I enjoyed it. I'm not raving about it, but i wouldn't try to deter an
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
I'm embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this. Part mystery, part romance, it was completely enjoyable from start to finish. ...more
God damn you Nicholas Sparks!

See Me WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! Then it ripped out my heart, stabbed it repeatedly, and then stomped on it a couple of times just for fun. Seriously, if I never read the last couple of chapters.. I would be completely fine. Yet here I am.. an emotional mess. GOD DAMMIT NICHOLAS!

This book followed Colin, a 28 year old, with a second chance in life training to be a teacher. Now I get teachers all the credit that they deserve.. it's not an easy job. It's also not one I wou
Marie-Josee Saumer
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel that I wanted to keep reading, I did not want it to end. I have so many questions about the future of the story that I feel there should be a second novel. Here is a point form list of some of my questions:

- Will Colin ever propose to Maria? And will they have kids?
- Do Evan and Lily have Children?
- Does Colin graduate school? And if so? Does he actually become a teacher? ( I felt like he would succeed working with the law, he had some pretty bad ass skills, he outsmarted the po
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was good
First things first, it took me an embarrassingly long time to read See Me. This was no fault of the book, but the fact that I soon got distracted with a new Kindle (I own See Me in paperback) kept me from giving the novel the full attention it deserved. Now that I've reached the end, I wish I had finished this book sooner!

Like all Nicholas Sparks novels, See Me takes place in North Carolina, this time in the coastal town of Wilmington. The two main protagonists, Maria and Collin's lives are thro
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
My wife was feeling ill, and only had 2 weeks to read it from the library...but life got busy, so I ended up reading it out loud to her.

Decent, for Sparks. His movies have been horrid since The Notebook.

The Colin character is nice, in that he's not just a hunk of MMA fighter with his troubled past, he's smart too. But that's usual Sparks.

However, Maria was about as paper thin a lead female character as he always seems to have lately. For a lawyer, she's fucking stupid, and when your on probation
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