“Everybody lies. It’s a part of living in society. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s necessary. The last thing anyone wants is to live in a society where total honesty prevails. Can you imagine the conversations? You’re short and fat, one person might say, and the other might answer, I know but you smell bad. It just wouldn’t work. So people lie by omission all the time. People will tell you most of the story and I’ve learned that the part they neglect to tell you is often the most important part. People hide the truth because they’re afraid.”
I read this book last year and I fell in love with the story. I had tissues lying scattered across my room and I remember crying on the train and a women having to ask if I was okay. I loved the book it was a little dark but I liked that. It was different from Nicholas’ other books but in the same Sparks way it ripped my heart apart and somehow managed to piece it back together.
The book follows Katie who’s on the run from an abusive relationship and Alex who lost his wife and is now raising their two kids alone. They both have a tragic story but in the small town Katie went to find safety she finds love. Like Sparks’ previous novels it’s very romantic and sweet but it also deals with the serious issue of abuse. I really liked that he revealed enough to make us understand what was going on yet still left us to fill in some blanks. What Katie didn’t count on was falling in love with people and place in this small town. First she develops a relationship with her lovely single neighbour Jo who makes her realise that she missed having friends. Then we have Alex, who is sweet and lovely and the kind person everyone dreams of having by their side one day. Slowly Katie starts letting her guard down as she becomes attached the this small town and the people in it. She starts falling in love and allows herself to dream of a future with a man who’ll love her without hurting her. Little does she know that Kevin, the ex, is on her tail and it won’t be long before he catches up.
The story is slowly unraveled so that we never have a huge amount of information regarding the characters and their point of view’s dumped on us. Instead their lives, secrets and personal issues are all slowly introduced to us in a very clever way that makes you want to read more, I loved this about the story. Every story has a villain and in this case he was so bad in the best possible way, you loved to hate him. He was written so well in a creepy way you become drawn in wanting to know what made him tick.
The twist at the end of the book wasn’t my favourite. In fact in regards to the twist I didn’t like it at all. I felt this it was a little sixth sense than anything else but this book is still up there on my favourites list. It’s got so many twist and turns that you’ll never be bored reading the book. Sparks has a talent for storytelling and in particular telling beautifully heartbreaking stories that both make your heart flutter and break. Even if you weren’t a fan of other Nicholas Sparks books I think this one might surprise you a little.