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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Mira Books, a.k.a. Book Clubbish for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of this honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I was surprised how quick of a read this was. I read it within 24 hours. I found it very hard to put down. The writing was a lot different than I expected. It was kind of cross between romance and suspense. At least to me. I really did get wrapped up in the story, I wanted to know what really happened to Allison. Once I did, I was not disappointed. I love that this book is different from a lot of books on the market. It appears to be, but once the ending comes, you’ll see what I mean.
I found that I loved the characters, but I felt like after 13 years, they all kind of just moved forward a little too fast, it was a bit un-realistic, but still very enjoyable. I liked the back story to all of them, it was short, and sweet. Not convoluted or drawn out. There are a few shocking plot twists, that I think really spiced up the book. I had never heard of Tiffany Reisz before, So for a first time read, I enjoyed it.
I really did like the romance side of the story. I am not a romance reader, but I enjoyed this one because it had some spook to it, some darkness and heartache. Which in my mind, makes for a unique and pleasurable read. In that some breath, it wasn’t just straight suspense/thriller either. It was a multi-faceted story, and a style I’d like to read more of.
It is out Feb. 13th. I will provide pre-order link down below.