It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that stops me from going to sleep on Sunday night. I was up until 1am, I tried to stop half way through the book but I just had to find out what happened next. This book has left me itching to write a review so I sat in English today writing a quick draft. This book is coming out April 4th and I’m definitely going to be recommending it to my friends because it is such a gripping novel. This book caught me in its trap around the 100-page mark and from there I had no choice but to finish it at once.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
This book wasn’t unrealistic and I feel like the main characteristics acted in an interesting but realistic way. The idea of having an anonymous pen pal to voice your worries and rant to sounds amazing and I can definitely see why both characters would want to keep it going.
Declan was my favorite of the two POV’s to read. Not because I have a thing for bad boys, but because even though he didn’t mean for Juliet to read his addition to her letter, he was there for her when it counted. When I was reading, I will admit that I figured out the ending, because let’s be honest here it wasn’t going to be an unhappy ending. To be completely honest the book isn’t the most original but that’s what I figured when I picked it from NetGalley.
The only reason I wouldn’t give this book a full five stars is because it was predictable and I skim read some portions. I’m not saying that is predictability was a bad thing, it just made the book lose a little bit of its amazingness (that’s definitely not a word oops). I will also say that I wish I had gotten a little more romance at the end. Maybe just a chapter more or even an epilogue would have made the book even better.
I will say that some parts of the book did seem a little cliche and at times I did cringe a little. None of this made the book worse, though, it just comes with the type of book I guess.