Written by Tracy James Jones
Peel: This is an un-sugarcoated romantic drama. The story closely examines four characters’ lives, past and present, and how they interact with one another.
The book starts by laying out the four main characters quickly, so that one can jump right into the novel without any character confusion. Between all of the characters’ motivations and secrets, the suspense builds up. I loved how diverse the set of characters were in terms of sexuality, gender, race, and to a slightly lesser shown extent socioeconomic status, without that being, for the most part, a main piece of the plot. The characters’ only similarities were penchants for holding secrets and their beauty. For most of the beginning of the book all conversations and actions were sexual or romantic. A bit of non-romantic plot twist occurs at the end of the book, but before that it’s mostly sex-related drama. Almost all of the non-romantic or sexual pieces of the novel ended up being secrets, so the reader learns about them far later than they’d expect. This book is also pretty dialog heavy.
The character development arc goes far for each of the main characters, and thus their likability grows further. I found it believable for all but one character, for whom the development just seemed a little too drastic too quickly. As a warning there are adult situations, and many generalized gender statements.
Nibble: “There are thousands of secrets hidden behind the whitewashed fences and clapboard sidings for the residents of this quaint little town.”
This is the second book by Jones that I’ve reviewed [first], and this one I preferred. I would definitely suggest reading this novel first, and then if one likes Jones’ narrative style diving into the other works.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading dramas.
My Rating: 8 out of 10 spotlight-stealing apples
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author.