How I read it: Audiobook/ Print
Dates Read: 3/13/19-3/14/19
Wow. So I heard about this book through Book of the Month. I tried reading it around August/September and completely fizzled out. When you listen to an audiobook, especially at work, you keep listening a lot longer than you have the patience to physically read (at least that’s my experience). So I bought the audiobook thanks to a sale, and here we are.
In the beginning of the story, I was all in. It started with this mystery/thriller vibe, which I absolutely love, and I was excited to see how the story progressed.
The story starts off with a girl named Sarah who just got “ghosted” by this guy named Eddie. Essentially, for those that don’t know what this word means, they met, had a lot of sex, and then when it came time to talk to each other again, he was gone with the wind. Poof. Mind you, Eddie was all in on this girl, to the point where he wanted the number for all the places she was going to be while they were apart. Also, creepy, but beside the point. And then he was gone. So Sarah started getting concerned, and she posts on his Facebook feed “Yo anyone know where this dude is at” (paraphrasing, but you get it). Then she gets these strange messages saying to leave the guy alone, and she is not having it, and starts digging deeper.
At this point, if I don’t have your interest, I’m never going to. Like this sounds like a good story, right? Who doesn’t love 40-year-olds acting like crazy teenagers over a love they made in 1 week. But at this point, and I am going to censor this because I am pretty sure my grandmother is going to read this, stuff hits the fan.
In an effort to not ruin the ENTIRE story, let me tell you, it gets bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I am all for plot twists, but I do not need 700 in one book, no thank you ma’am. In a lot of ways, this felt like a fan fiction that was turned into a book. Essentially, it felt like every single moment was trying to outweigh the moments before, without caring about the direction of the story.
Also, I do not need multiple genres in one book, especially if you aren’t going to do them right. I’m fine with the romance (sorta) and I am fine with the thriller part, but in no way, shape, or form, did Ms. Walsh do a good job blending the two. Like, it started as a thriller, and then she gave up and made it a romance.
As for what I thought about while reading, it came down to one line: I wish I could feel that strongly about another person. I mean, not THAT strongly because the people in this book were absolutely bonkers on the crazy scale, but the type of love where you would completely put yourself out there, knowing you might completely embarrass yourself, for the opportunity to be with the person you love. My whole life I have been #single, and while I absolutely love how far I have grown as a person without a man on my arms (finger snap), it still can get lonely at times. And while I will apologize in advance to whatever poor, unfortunate soul gets stuck with me for life, I sometimes forget how badly I want that in my future. So while I was listening to these two people with their very weird and unfortunate, but incredibly sweet love story (all these adjectives are 100% accurate), all I kept thinking about is that I want that. I mean, I want that eventually. I still have a ways to go mentally before I am dating material, but I want to be.
So long story made short, this book is INSANE and I am a complete mess. I would give this book 3 stars out of 5, and while I wouldn’t really recommend it, I wouldn’t completely give up on it either.
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