Sunday, January 22, 2017

*Review* Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale


Genre: Mystery
Published: August 1, 2016
Pages: 306

Synopsis

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keepexplores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fianc√©, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

Review

I listened to the audiobook version of this because that was the only way I was going to be able to get it finished in time for my book club meeting (where we didn't even end up talking about the book because no one else in attendance had finished it, but we did drink Mai Tai's, so it was still a great meeting and book connected.) I really liked this narrator. While the male voices were fairly similar, the didn't sound like complete caricatures, which is a rather big deal to me. 

This story started off in the worst possible way, with a funeral on the day a wedding was supposed to be taking place all because the mega witch almost mother-in-law figured all the family was planning to be in town that day anyway. Seriously, she quickly demonstrated to me that she's basically heartless. I would have been perfectly happy to have not encountered her again for the rest of the story. Obviously I didn't get that wish as she's a somewhat major secondary character. 

This book is full of mystery (duh, it's a mystery) and it had me hooked wondering how things would play out. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what Thomas's role was in things. He definitely seemed to be a very shady character to me pretty much from the start. There were twists that threw me for a complete loop, things I never saw coming. And the ending freakin' broke my heart. It was a seriously not cool way to end the story (except it's also totally cool because the frustrated cries of "WHY!?!?!" are probably music to Ms. Lonsdale's ears.) 

Overall I give Everything We Keep 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 


About the Author

Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of EVERYTHING WE KEEP. She believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of authors located across the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy, and a tabby kitten quite adept at catching flies. Her second novel ALL THE BREAKING WAVES published December 6, 2016, and her third novel, EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND publishes July 4, 2017. Connect with her at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

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