We should all be so lucky to have a Sasha in our lives. Best friends since elementary school, she and Raquel are inseparable. Even when Sasha is dealing with a cancer diagnosis, Raquel is by her side through it all. She thinks she’s prepared for anything, but really she’s not. When Sasha eventually dies, Raquel is lost. Until the letter arrives.
It seems that, while Sasha was preparing herself for her eventual death, she was also preparing Raquel for life without her. And not just Raquel, but also her brother who she hasn’t seen since they were adopted by different families as very young children. Through a series of letters, Sasha helps them come to terms with her death.
This was such a heartbreaking story while at the same time being so full of hope and optimism. Raquel’s sadness at losing Sasha, her happiness at discovering Sasha’s letters and clues…my emotions were all over the place with this one!
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I hate it when I wait too long to review a book. And I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. It’s not that we completely forget what the story was about. It’s just that we are such voracious readers that sometimes characters and storylines from various books mesh together into one big bookish blob. But still, I would be neglecting my role as a reviewer of “books that must be read” if I didn’t mention this little gem.
When Grace loses her best friend, Charlie, her world comes to an end. Connected from childhood, everything she knows involves Charlie. She just can’t come to grips with her death, with secrets left behind and questions unanswered. So she digs. She looks for answers to just who Charlie was. And in the process, she uncovers more than she expected in the form of Charlie’s unknown sister, Anna. Here’s where things start to get weird. Grace begins to forget things, to lose things. She’s sure someone is following her. And the people around her are acting very strange. Is she going crazy? Or is something more sinister at work?
This debut novel is a thriller in the truest sense. It plays tricks with your mind and leaves you guessing all the way while at the same time making it seem as if you’ve figured it out. And of course there’s a fantastic twist that you’ll never see coming!
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