by Bryn Greenwood
Jennifer has a great job and a go-getter fiancé. She’s on track for success, until she witnesses a fatal hit-and-run. Mistaking Jennifer for someone else, the dying victim extracts an impossible promise. Jennifer’s fiancé wants her to forget the whole incident, but when she closes her eyes, she can still see the bloody face of the woman who asked for her help.
Olivia is in a rut. Burdened with caring for her brain-damaged brother and already feeling like a spinster at 27, she’s desperate to escape. In a moment of weakness, she tells a lie that draws an unsuspecting paramedic into her life. As she struggles to expiate the lie, a horrible act of violence will test her resolve to be honest.
Where Jennifer’s promise and Olivia’s lie intersect, their lives begin to unravel.
This book started out great. It drew me in, I felt for Jennifer and Olivia in two very different ways. Jennifer’s struggle throughout the book was wonderfully written and Olivia’s life as well, I wouldn’t have wanted it, but you definitely felt for her.
It was nice to see how the events that took place really transformed the characters in a way that anyone should be able to relate to. The tragedy Jennifer is a witness to is awful and the obligation she feels is a tremendous pull on her. Olivia sees herself as the “bulldog” not pretty enough for anyone, but with a kind heart. There stories intertwine in a way that makes everything flow and all the way threw this book I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to see where the story would lead. Then it ended.
I was left with so many questions. What happened with Jennifer, with Shani? I felt cheated at the end. Like the story was leading up to this great thing and then nothing…. I don’t know if there is more to this story to come, but I hope so.
This rating is really a 3.5 Star. I was at a four until the end, but I was left with a lot of questions.
R – There is death and a lot of adult content
About the Author:
Bryn Greenwood’s debut novel LAST WILL (Stairway Press 2012) is about learning to live with the things you inherit from your family.
Bryn lives in Kansas, which is as flat as you imagine but slightly more charming. When not toiling in obscurity as a secretary, she does her part to bring about the End Times by allowing dogs and cats to live together. Her hairless cats are plotting to overthrow civilization, while her two boxers turn the living room into the kill floor of a chew toy slaughterhouse. She is married to an extensive home remodeling project, and is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction to power tools and spackle. You can learn more about the myriad ways in which she wasted her youth, and find links to more of her stories at http://www.bryngreenwood.com.