on January 1st 1970
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Summer Brooks had a happy life living with her parents and spending time with her next-door neighbor and best friend, Miles. She loved spending time with Miles in his tree house gazing up at the stars. They had a special bond and loved each other. Then one night everything changed in Summer’s life. She had to move and leave Miles (and her old self) behind.
Those years were not kind to Summer. Those years were torture and finally she is given the chance for a new life with a new name and appearance. She now goes by the name of Sadie and is going to college in a new city full of people who do not know her or her sad past. That is until one day she has a blast from her past and learns that someone from her past is nearby. But he won’t recognize her as she has changed. She won’t let him get close. That chapter of her life has been closed, hasn’t it?
If starting over isn’t stressful enough, there seems to be a vigilante in the city who is fighting crime and has an interest in Sadie. Why? Who is he? Who can she trust? Is everyone in this book who they claim to be? When you believe there is no one you can trust, how do you learn to trust again? As Sadie begins to become even more worried about who she can trust, so did I! Characters seem genuine and likable but then bit by bit they begin to change and leave Sadie, and the reader, confused and concerned about their motivations and intentions. Whew!
This was a riveting fast read! It’s a curl-up-on-the-couch with a blanket type of book. It’s exciting, it has some romance, it’s sad, it’s shocking, it evokes emotion, it has mystery, and keeps Sadie, and the reader, guessing. Initially the vigilante reminded me of spider man (with the whole partially removing the mask to kiss scene) and then I read the Author’s note where she mentioned “the Flash” and wanting a superhero-ish vibe to this book. It all makes sense!
I really enjoyed this book! It was well-written and nicely paced. There are no dull moments or down time in this book. Ivy Smoak excels at the plot twist and having shocking moments you did not see coming! There was one part of the book where a character shocked me completely and she pulled it off brilliantly. As I mentioned, this book has a little bit of everything, so I think most people will enjoy it.
Sure, you will have to suspend some disbelief in this book i.e. the vigilante always seems to know where Sadie is at any given time to save her. But, I really don’t mind suspending disbelief as the book is captivating and sucked me right in. I was caught up in the story and then *BAM* there is the cliffhanger which is brilliantly played as it left me wanting more. There is more to this story, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.