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Synopsis:

“They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night–was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page.”

Review:

This book was so disappointing.

The premise of the book just intrigued me right from the start. When I heard it was one of my good friend’s on BookTube book club pick for the month of June, I decided to pick it up.

I DNF’d it at page 194.

Starting off with the characters, this was the book’s strongest suit. Allison was a great character to have our perspective be told from. I really liked hearing her back story and how she ended up in the situation she was in at the beginning of the book. Throughout the almost 200 pages that I read in this book, her character went through periods in which she developed greatly and at other times not so much. Just what I like in a good main character.

Then going into the romance. Why was this put in? Thrillers, which this book was classified as, DO NOT NEED A ROMANCE INCLUDED. The romance between Allison and Roland just kind of took over the main plot of the story and is the main reason I DNF’d it in the end. Unless it is essential to the story, thrillers do not need to have this element included in the story.

Finally diving into the plot. There wasn’t much of one after the first 50 or so pages. It started off very promising at the beginning with giving us, the readers, everything the synopsis had said would be included. But as the book went on, the plot disappeared. As I mentioned above, the romance really started to take over and the mystery of what had happened 13 years prior just didn’t become the main focus of the story. I found myself looking for the story line but just not finding it.

Overall, this book was just so disappointing. The only plus I can give credited to this book for was maybe the writing style. Other than that, this book was just not for me.

RATING: 2/5

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