Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review for HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti

First things first, here's the book blurb:

When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare.

But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the fa├žade that was Andra Walker.

I was content with my simple little life.

Until I met Julian.

And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.

Goodreads Link: He Found Me

I'm so conflicted about this book. I enjoyed the overall story and the descriptive writing technique, I found that I was left with so many unanswered questions. I couldn't completely let myself get lost in the story because I couldn't shut off the voice in my head that kept repeating those questions.
The story opens when Cora is 17, but the majority of it is set four years later as she lives her life as Andra. So my first question (and the most consistent one) is... if she is now an adult I'm not quite understanding of her fear that she will be found and made to go back to the life she lift behind. If there is a bigger reason, namely the threat of her life, I would have liked that to have been expounded on in the actual  story not left up to the reader's assumption.
My second can't-let-it-go thought was that the whole story moved a little fast for me from the meeting to the love proclamations. I get that it's a book, I get that it's a love story (believe me I'm a sucker for love) but I just couldn't stop myself from thinking  that maybe just maybe, someone with Andra's history would not be so entirely trusting so quickly. Maybe that's just me though.

And then there's the ending I didn't see coming. But the ending wasn't a deal breaker for me. Honestly the last few pages actually got my heart racing so it was kind of a nice surprise.

I find it hard to truly explain how I feel about the book without giving away any spoilers, so I'm going to leave it at that. But I gave this book a conflicted rating of THREE STARS on Goodreads. I still look forward to reading the other books to come in the story and hopefully getting some more answers to complete it all for me.

Happy Reading!!

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