You're going to want to read this book if you love emotional heart-wrenching stories!
Author: Amanda Dick
Book Tour: March 30- April 3
Hosted by: SBB Promotions
Holy moly. This book packs one emotional punch! It's really hard to believe this is Amanda Dick's debut novel. She writes like a seasoned professional. I couldn't put this book down, it held my attention from the very first page, and I was left thinking about this book after I finished it.
The story opens up with Jack getting an unexpected phone call that shakes him up considerably. It leads to him going home and facing things and people he left behind. The story is told from mainly Jack and Ally's point of view, although Callum often pipes in. These three were in the car that fateful night of the accident, and nothing has been the same since. I liked Jack, Ally, and Callum, although it wasn't an instant admiration. It slowly grew as bits and pieces of what was haunting the three came to light. I understood the fears each had and even the faulty rationale each was using to rationalize past and present actions.
This story was really about the power of forgiveness. Jack, Ally, and Callum needed to forgive themselves first and foremost. It was hard watching them struggle to verbalize the apologies they felt the other deserved, when they were unable to say it to themselves. I felt so bad for Jack and all he'd lost by choosing to run away. I felt horrible for Ally thinking it was her that'd caused Jack to run and her fears that being honest with him would cause him to run again. I also certainly felt Callum's misery at trying to keep Ally from being hurt again by Jack's return and his unrequited feelings.
I love how Amanda Dick treated the many issues her characters dealt with. She was honest and real. There was no sugarcoating and it was very easy to connect, empathize, and absorb what happened to them. I think the simplicity is what makes this book so powerful. The book deals with complicated emotions and events, but by laying them bare, it makes them all the more potent. I'm eager to see how Amanda Dick manages to top this book. I'm adding her next book, Between Before and After, to my reading queue, and stock piling the tissues now.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*