Complete MindF*ck. This was one of those books that sucks you in, doesn’t let you go, and twists your brain every which way imaginable… and then doesn’t even have the decency to set it straight before throwing you to the curb, finished with the book. At least my ARC copy – acquired far enough ahead of publication that this could possibly have been changed – has a slightly confusing (but interesting) way of labeling the chapters with timestamps but not perspectives, so it usually takes a few sentences or even a few paragraphs to understand whose mind you’re in at a given point. Explosive almost from the first word to the last. A welcome “lighter” sophomore effort under this name (if only in comparison to *just how dark* the freshman book under this name was), reading this author’s romance books under her real name followed soon after by one of the books under this name is a particular revelation of just how gifted a storyteller she truly is. Very much recommended.
As I say in the Goodreads review below, this was a solid romance novel that has most everything fans of the genre will want, and is a good enough story within that lane that even those who haven’t enjoyed romance novels before might like this one. Also, a solid Hallmark movie style romance, for those into that kind of thing.
What *really* drew me to this book though was Snow’s new alternate identity. You see, last year a book came out that I described as “one of the darkest, most disturbing books I’ve read in quite some time”. That book was All The Lovely Pieces by J.M. Winchester. Which happens to be this alternate identity of the author of this Hallmark-type romance, Jennifer Snow.
So, the dichotomy intrigues me – and points to Snow/Winchester’s strength as a story teller. To get such divergent books from the same mind is quite remarkable given the fact that so many authors tend to stick to one particular genre and, usually, even one particular type of story within that genre. And thus this week I urge you to not only pick up this particular book, but also the other one – which was a Featured New Release when it released last summer to boot.
As always, the Goodreads/ Amazon review:
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