I find it hard to describe what this book made me feel. Anguish? Yes. Thrill of a good mystery? Certainly. And..that’s kinda it. I mean, there are a I find it hard to describe what this book made me feel. Anguish? Yes. Thrill of a good mystery? Certainly. And..that’s kinda it. I mean, there are a whole lot of other stops between the two, but mainly-and most honestly- this story sort of unsettled me. Took the balance I imagined of family life, and twisted it into something hurtful. It left a bitter taste on my mind. But is all that bad? No. Not at all.
As a twisted and darker-if that is possible- telling of a psychological thriller, this book was gripping. From the start till the end. It was also gut wrenching, heart breaking because you are faced with a mother’s worst nightmare. No spoilers, from the start we know one of the storytellers, Isla, has lost her son at sea. Her pain was a physical blow every time she took control of the pages. I felt awful, my heart broke for her when she spoke.
While one half of the main voices tear at my heart, the other, Sarah, the mother of the surviving child, tells me of the mystery of the story. I looked forward to both of them, but also dreaded knowing the truth. I kept guessing possible outcomes, reasons for what’s happened, but also was not in a hurry to know. It was a scary tumble into the human psyche, it showed what’s it’s like to be a family and then shattered it with what it’s like to be human.
There isn’t much I can say without giving anything away. Everything is connected in such a way, I can’t talk about one detail without the other. And besides, I honestly think that the book itself-and Isla and Sarah- should tell its story anyway. It’s the best way....more
A story of lies and deceit, LAST SEEN ALIVE started with chilling me. And I mean, not being able to read it before bed because it unnerved me. A couplA story of lies and deceit, LAST SEEN ALIVE started with chilling me. And I mean, not being able to read it before bed because it unnerved me. A couple swapped their small apartment for what appeared to be an isolated mansion and then..tension. I’m not one to be scared easily, I watch and enjoy horror movies for crying out loud, but the idea of being so isolated, the feeling of being watched and the helplessness that comes from not being able to make sense of it all really got to me. Being very tired by the time I went to bed aside, I couldn’t face what Libby did at night. Because it can so easily happen to anyone.
The story is told from Libby’s point of view, and from the start we know she’s telling everything but also keeping a lot to herself. All we have to do is wait until the right time comes for her to say her full piece. And in the meantime we’re left with more questions and then some more questions and by the time I was halfway through, I already came up with two or three scenarios myself as to what was going on and how things were going to be resolved.
I really liked Libby’s tone because I knew both to rely on her to tell me the story but also doubt her words. It’s the sweetest challenge to read a character you’re not sure of.
I could almost feel the desperation of the characters, their experiences seeping into my bones. What chilled me at first started unraveling in such a way that it was almost magical. Most definitely one of my favorite psychological thrillers this year, I recommend this book wholeheartedly....more
What can I say? When you put the words small town anywhere, I’m sold. When you double that with island, then I’m there. So NEED YOU NOW by Emma DouglaWhat can I say? When you put the words small town anywhere, I’m sold. When you double that with island, then I’m there. So NEED YOU NOW by Emma Douglas was just the kind of read I could enjoy in this summer heat. Maybe fantasizing about sipping margaritas facing the water, with a light breeze on my gradually tanning skin? Ah, the beauty of summer..
Before getting too carried away with the fantasy, let’s say NEED YOU NOW brought together that relaxing feel of the island and the comfort only a small town makes you feel. I enjoyed my time in Cloud Bay. It was an extra joy to be presented with a music festival that was the heart of the town and the story. The heroine, Faith, is the daughter of the rock star who founded the festival, and she carries on with the tradition even after her father’s death-who, by the way, seems like a colorful character albeit just as much difficult. I liked that Faith and Caleb’s story revolved around the festival. It was a nice stage for their romance.
As much as I enjoyed the setting and the main attraction, I liked the characters as well, especially Caleb. Somehow, he was the one I could connect with the most compared to Faith. With Faith, I felt like there was an arm’s length between us. Caleb though, he was charming and not overly persistent. His way of charming into Faith’s heart was through, well, his easy charm. He was the kind of hero who didn’t possess the pages, but subtly became a favorite character, without trying too hard.
Faith, on the other hand, was much harder for me to bond with. I read every necessary information about her, everything to do with her choices-not much drama here- but somehow I still lacked that one final step into clicking with her.
The romance was well paced as well, except for, perhaps, the last minute-and I mean that literally- back and forth about Faith’s reluctance for a romance. If her background with having a father who was a rock star was examined a bit more, and integrated into the story, then she could’ve been more reachable for me.
Those who like small town romance will still like this, I believe. A nice summer read, and as the first book of the series, I have a strong feeling it’ll only get better in the coming books. I already found myself looking up the next couple and the one after that, and excited to read those stories after all....more