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This novel follows three characters: Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella.
Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the beginning of an everlasting nightmare.
Lexy, an au pair from London, moves to Seattle to help Lorraine with her infant son. But she didn’t...more
When I was contacted by Danielle Esplin, who generously offered to send me a copy of her debut novel in exchange for an honest review, I was quite happy. I already had the book on my "to be read" shelf and was really looking forward to reading it.
"Give it Back" follows the lives of three characters. Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella are all connected in some way and all of them have secrets.
The story begins as Lorraine's ...more
What an exciting debut novel! I didn't read many reviews on this one before picking it up and I'm actually glad I didn't; the less you know going into it the better. The above jacket blurb does a great job summarizing the plot; the story is told with changing POV between the three above-mentioned characters. Each ...more
maybe i have domestic/psych suspense burnout, because while this one has the kind of shape i usually dig, there were a lot of issues i had that kept pulling me out of the narrative to scratch my head, which makes for a bad reading experience.
so - good things first - i do like the way this is told: alternating short POV chapters with three - count 'em - ...more
Give It Back was a good psychological thriller book for me. It was ingeniously written and was constructed with a clever and mysterious plotline. However, there were some issues that made this book a less enjoyable read for me.
Give It Back's story centered on three women namely Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella. When Lexy and Lorraine's son went missing, Ella got to Seattle to help Lorraine solve the mystery behind. That time, Lorraine was also dying of brain cancer and everything was just so ...more
Golly, the trouble people get themselves into! What a mess these characters created of their lives. This debut novel has a very cool cover, which in small print states, “unrequited love does not die.” Ain’t that the truth.
This tale of deceit is told from the POVs of three women. There is Ella, Ella’s terminally ill sister Lorraine, and Lorraine’s au ...more
"It's like I'm on a roller coaster ride, but I'm not allowed to get off. I'm strapped to the seat, and within eyesight the unfinished twirl of the track swirls into the air."
A very telling description of Lorraine's current cancer diagnosis as well as the palor it impales in the lives of her sister, her exhusband, his current wife, her sons, and the au ...more
This novel follows three characters: Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella. Here's the synopsis of her debut novel:
Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the ...more
Going into this, I honestly didn't know what to expect aside from a suspenseful psychological thriller. As soon as I started, I couldn't put it down. It was quietly intense and gave me chills as the pages kept turning. The synopsis alone is good to go by, therefore I won't get into what this was about. The best thing about this book is learning what it's about!
We have 3 key players: Lorraine, Lexy and Ella. The book is told in their pov's--and don't worry, it's not confusing in the ...more
Three women's lives get entangled in Seattle, when the main character needs help from her somewhat estranged, self-centered sister. The nanny from London forms the third leg of the table laid with mysterious intent, hidden ...more
The majority of the story is told from alternating perspectives from three women who are key players in the plot and also across a timeline so ...more
What just happened? I was reading a pretty interesting mystery with three unreliable narrators, trying to decide who was telling the truth and which character to hate the most (that was easy). Occasionally (often, really) I had to stop short to question some of the author's word choices. But still, thinking it could be a 4 star read.
Then the ending veered off into craziness and the unlikelihood that readers would buy all of what's taking place. There is a lot ...more
Suffice it to say, the writing is smooth, smart, and highly evocative. It pulls you inside ...more
The novel is set around three women and the story alternates between each of them giving their own perspective. It is difficult to give an outline of the story without giving too much away but take my ...more
Unfortunately, like many books I’ve read this year, this novel simply turned into another average throwaway thriller. It started off exciting, with a host of mysterious characters but the further we went through the novel, there became too many branches off the main plot that became convoluted and ultimately let the end of the story down.
What I did like about this novel were the clearly defined characters. Each was well developed and the use of ...more
Holy Shit. What did I just read?!?
This book has officially taken the lead for my fave book of 2016 (so far). I’m not even sure I can form a coherent review, but I’m going to do my best.
Give It Back is the kind of compelling “I must know WTF is going on” book that makes you forget about ...more
The story begins as Ella leaves her home in San Diego to visit her sister, Lorraine, who is dealing with a serious illness. Lorraine, whose former husband Craig left her to marry Martha, the woman with whom he had an affair while married, also has help from Lexy, an au pair originally from London. Lorraine also has ...more
The book follows three women Lexy,Lorraine and Ella and is told from alternating perspectives from these three.
Lexy is Lorraine's au pair and Lorraine is very ill.Ella gets a call from her sister Lorraine to please come and spend some time with her plus Lorraine not so long ago lost her husband to another women.
I liked the pace to the story and the ending was clever.
There is also mystery to this book as well.
A great debut and Author to ...more
Without revealing much about the book, it is written with the point of view of three people ,Lorraine the mom , Lexy the Au pair , and Ella Lorraine's sister . The book goes back and forth between the characters POV and between past and present but manages not to confuse the ...more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
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Give It Back is one of those books that catches your interest once you read the blurb. Something about the cover of this book was mysterious to me…revealing nothing. And with the blurb talking about 3 intersecting lives… Well that did it for me. I didn’t read too many reviews. I was rather intrigued to dive into the book and find out ...more
Logan, Lorraine’s sixteen year old son by her ...more
I found Give It Back to be a frustrating read as the time frame keeps switching backwards and forwards. Each chapter is from the point of view of either Ella, Lorraine or Lexy and I ...more
To be very honest, the first 25 percent of the book is really slow, but after that the book picks a steady pace and I didn't want to stop reading it. The mystery is good, but it had me suspicious of one specific character the entire time. Although I was right on cue with the character, Danielle Esplin still managed to write a compelling and mysterious story. Even though that said character was ...more
Danielle Esplin, born in South Africa, lives in Seattle with her husband. She is currently following her passion and clearly has a lot to offer.
"Give it Back' is her debut novel and I am amazed that she wrote such a believable, captivating, heartfelt, intense and intriguing debut.
The story begins as Elle decides to finally visit her terminally ill sister, Lorraine, in Seattle. On her way to the airport, she receives a call from a nurse saying that her sister is in a hospital because of an accident. Elle was surprised especially when she finds out that Lorraine's 16-year-old son and the au pair were not at home with her during ...more
I loved the layout of the book. The chapters would go in between the characters and also in between past and present. It really helped to ...more
And that was writing and the freedom to express herself as an artist.
Without telling anyone, ...more