(I received this book for free, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
When I downloaded this book from NetGalley, I couldn’t actually tell what it was about. (Apparently, it still hasn’t occurred to me to cross-check on here…) But I was intrigued by the front cover of this book. It’s one of the more appealing ones I’ve seen.
I was pulled quite easily into this book. The first person perspective worked for the most part, with the only exception being Allie referring to her eyes as being hazel. I understand the whole description angle, but I honestly don’t think that anyone who wasn’t quite self-absorbed would thing, ‘He looked into my hazel eyes…’
I was able to empathise with Allie fairly quickly, apart from that, though. She was well-rounded and her struggles to deal with separated parents really resonated with me. Plus, I really liked how her relationship with Nick developed over the course of the book. I felt that was one of the strongest aspects.
Aaron and Brooke did confuse me a little at the beginning. I wasn’t clear on how Brooke knew Allie and I think I would have liked to see something of their first meeting. Plus… the love triangle thing really didn’t sit right with me. In a way, it felt forced.
I liked Damien as a character and it was really good to see the whole mystery surrounding him. I felt there was some good use of foreshadowing through the book, though there were one or two scenes I felt weren’t necessary and didn’t add a great deal to the story.
Towards the end of the book, I did find it more intense, though I felt that switching to Damien’s POV didn’t really work and jarred me out of the story. I did like the ending of this book and I did think it all really worked well by the end.
I think I would probably be interested in reading the next book in this series sometime in the future. I did enjoy it and it was a really entertaining read.