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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Find Me by J.S. Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Mira Books
Publishes March 21, 2017

Thank you to Astoria Bookshop, Mira Books and J.S. Monroe for this advanced copy in return for my honest review. 

I have a rule where if a book doesn't capture me within the first 30-40%, I DNF and move on to the next book.  It took a LONG time for me to be able to do this without feeling guilty.  This book was on the cusp of doing just that, but the beginning intrigued me so much, I decided to stick through the middle and I am SO happy that I did!!  See below for my reasons why!

Even five years after the suicide of his girlfriend, Rosa, Jar still has post-bereavement hallucinations of her - seeing her in various places, having calls with her late at night. He believes these are all signs that she is still alive out there somewhere. He knows this can't be, but then he receives a message from Rosa's aunt saying she's found Rosa's diary and she needs him to read it. This only increases his obsession with Rosa and he plummets into an underworld where nothing is as it seems and the terrifying conclusion is nothing that he would have thought possible.

The story is told from various points of view - mainly Jar's as we teeter back and forth between past and present. How they met, her erratic behavior, their experiences and his thoughts after she leaves him a suicide note in her draft folder of her email. We see through her eyes how she wants to open up to him but can't as she's still dealing with the death of her father, too. Part two is where it gets a little confusing as we start to look through some other character's eyes and the back and forth from past to present gets a little muddled. While a fairly somber book, I did start to lose interest in the middle, which is why this is only a 4 star rating compared to the 5 star I would've given it because THAT ENDING - when it all comes together, it all makes sense and it's impressive how the author slow burns you right up to the last few chapters. For my own personal interests, I was completely enthralled with the subject matter so that ending really made the whole book for me. Understand that it's a bit of a slow burn with a somber vibe, but I highly recommend you give this book a chance.

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