A woman discovers an impossible connection that transcends time and place in this stirring, unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief.
Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken—and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn’t the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife—at the expense of parenting Isabel.
Determined not to repeat her father’s mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words—“Isabel. Keep her safe.”—before they’re disconnected.
Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can’t shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn’s father is alive—and he’s desperately trying to reach her.
Praise for Emily Colin’s The Memory Thief
“Mesmerizing . . . dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
“[A] richly emotional tale . . . a writer to watch.”—Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife you’ll like this because the essence is very similar as it uses a time traveling theme to tell a poignant story. Using a dash of historical fiction as an overlay really added a cool dimension which was needed to make up for an ending that didn’t quite meet the level of great writing the author showed in the rest of the book. She uses a lot of detailed description so you feel like you’re right next to the characters watching all of this unfold which helped draw me in.
Emily Colin has an easy pace that lulls you in and keeps your mind wandering through the story as you become more curious by the page as to what she’ll show you next. Until you hit that ending then it’s like your mind got stuck in mud and you’re spinning trying to get through.
I came to a point where I really thought it was done and felt it was a gratified conclusion but then I realized it wasn’t. The last quarter feels like the author had some kind of sex quota for her book and she realized she was ending it without meeting that quota so she crammed every bit of sex, thoughts of sex, about to have sex, etc into those pages between the 3 main characters. It’s a whole lot of fun when you’re dealing with changing perspectives each chapter. When she finally gets done cramming it all in at the end, the story ends as if you’re walking through a forest then without realizing it walk over a cliff – you just don’t see it coming and not in a good way.
I felt conflicted when I finished because I enjoyed most of it but that ending kind of screwed with my “I love this” vibe.
Thank you to Netgalley and Rand Home Publishing Group – Ballantine for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com