My rating: 4.5/5
Left for dead a young woman defies all odds and survives, but she doesn’t remember who she is or what happened to her. The woman renames herself Water after the tiny mark on her body. She slowly starts to build a new life for herself as Water but as she attempts to piece together the small samples of her memory, more questions emerge than are answered. Jesse doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back, but he hopes she never does for her own safety. This is why he needs to keep his distance, getting too close could trigger her with memories better left forgotten.
I was utterly gripped by this book from start to finish.
One thing that I really loved about this book and made it stand out from the rest was the way that the plot unfolded. Usually with books similar to this one it is only the reader that is trying to figure out what has happened. What made this book different was that as a reader, I was learning and piecing together the story along with Water. This element of the novel really helps the reader to connect with Water as at some points you are just as confused as she is.
The flashbacks are all narrated by Jesse and the flipping between points in time are crafted very well. It look some getting used to with the time constantly alternating between “then” and the present. However, the further through the novel I got, the more I could appreciate the significance in the flashbacks and their role within the story. It was only once the ending had been revealed that I truly appreciated the dual narrative and how important this style of writing was to the plot.
The characters were crafted well and I could really sympathise with both of them. However, the real star of the show for me was the plot line and the way in which the story was told. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and constantly had question while piecing together what each chapter revealed. The ending was very satisfying and all of my questions where answered in a way that wasn’t rushed and it felt right that the book should end in that way.
Although parts of this novel were quite dark, it is a romance novel. It is a love story between two people and their struggles in being together. I felt it was important to emphasis this as even though there is mystery surrounding the plot and what happened to Water, the main focus of the novel is love.
If you are looking for something different to the tradition romance novel I would definitely recommend this one. The twists and turns in the plot keep the reader interested and question what has happened to the characters and what will happen to them further down the line. It took me no time at all to read this!
Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.