- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 576 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780336934
- Publisher: Canvas (19 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070TREUS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
It was an easy read. The chapters were split up between different characters which gave you different sides of the story. The voices seemed pretty authentic to me, and I found I really felt like I was having a conversation most of the time. The only real problem was that I found I liked all the characters, sometimes against my better judgement, except where they didn't get their own voice. Maybe this just shows how well written the voices were but it does also suggest a lack of variety.
Sometimes I did find Riley to be a bit of an idiot. She made some rather shaking decisions. But I liked her and wanted everything to work out ok. I just wished she would take someone's advice once in a while.
I didn't like the synopsis given by the publisher. It suggested the story had less depth than it really does and is certainly less compelling than the one from goodreads. I can see it appealing to a wider audience, but it is a bit spoilerish.
Riley Thomas has left her Massachusetts home and moved to Tucson, Arizona with no real purpose in mind other than broaden her horizons. She meets Ben and they begin a relationship, moving in with one another and seemingly being very happy. This is not to be though as Ben hits Riley and we first see her on a bus heading back to her childhood home.
As the story continues, it gets even more complicated for Riley and just as she is beginning to make some progress and admit that she made the right decision, an horrific accident affects her whole family.
I suppose the part I liked best about the book was that it was written not merely from Riley's point of view, but from the points of view of her friends and family - even down to several sections written from Ben's perspective which, initially made him seem quite sympathetic - his father had also been an abuser, but it's cleverly done as we sympathise with Ben's voice as he justifies his actions towards Riley - something which is never justifiable and an angle we wouldn't get to see if we only saw what Riley sees.
Riley herself is, at times a little frustrating, as she tries to get over Ben but nearly goes back to him on several occasions, but having never been in her position, who am I to judge how hard it must be to leave someone you love, even if they are violent towards you?
For a first novel, this is pretty good and, although by no means new material, it's written in an interesting way and I'd very much recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author reveals each characters flaws and insecurities with convincing narrative. Would have liked a more final ending but overall a good read.Published 17 months ago by Mcdaddy119
Ouch. One has to wonder what is wrong with readers in the UK. My favorite part of the book was the different points of view - 9 of them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by digsblues
I wasn't expecting much, but got a lot more for a 99p first novel. The characters were well drawn by gradually revealing them in chapters written in their own voice. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by TriciaN
Simple narrative but lacked real depth, lots of intriguing characters and relationships but only briefly explored. Pick up put down read.Published on 24 Nov. 2013 by Salli84
Very emotional story of a young woman's struggle to let go of her troubled an violent ex. Felt the end trailed off slightly but still enjoyed it nonetheless.Published on 6 Nov. 2013 by Ms. S. L. Dowsett
I didn't feel that the story flowed very well but overall it was an enjoyable read for the commute - okPublished on 1 Nov. 2013 by J.So
Not quite what I thought it was going to be about. From the title I imagined a more exotic background. I would be temped to read another one by this author.Published on 28 Oct. 2013 by Dorie Clifton
This book was not what I was expecting but it was a change and I enjoyed reading it. Nice to have a change.Published on 23 Oct. 2013 by SheilaB