Book Review Of “With You Always” By Rena Olsen @PutnamBooks
From the author of The Girl Before comes a tense and incisive work of psychological suspense that examines how easy it is to fall into the wrong relationship…and how impossible it can be to leave.
In the wake of a painful breakup and struggling to prove herself at work, Julia feels adrift. When Bryce blows into her life, he seems like the perfect anchor. Handsome, charming, secure, and confident, Bryce brings out the best in Julia, sweeping her off her feet with attention and affection while grounding her with his certainty and faith. Together they embark on a path guided by the principles of his family and their church, each step a paving stone leading to happily ever after.
But this is no fairy tale.
Step by step, one small concession leading to another, Julia is slowly isolated from her job, her friends, and her family, until she comes to find that her dream come true is a cage. Then one day everything changes…and Julia is faced with no choice but to find a way out. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Putnam Books #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I sadly rate this book a 2.5 stars out of 5.
This book started out great for me, the prologue had me hooked, and than once Bryce came along, I wanted to find out what kind of bad guy he was. I can’t say in this review, because if I do, it will ruin a huge part of the plot for you guys, but I came to a certain part of this book, and lost interest. While I give major kudos to the author for thinking outside of the box, this book just didn’t do it for me. While I love a good unreliable narrator, I do not like a weak-minded ones. I also took a huge issue with a character that suddenly appeared at the end, and basically how the book ended. There was no resolution to other key parts of the books, and I was left with several questions. For me, I think I would have enjoyed this book more, had it had less build up, and more conclusion.
I will say though, despite me not liking the book, I did appreciate Olsen’s writing style. It kept me turning pages, and even though this book wasn’t for me, I did want to see how it ended, and I wanted to see some serious karma dished out. I believe there was. I would suggest this book for readers who want a much lighter thriller, this does have a couple domestic violence issues (and what happened when Julia tried to get help really PISSED me off) but someone who wants to start reading domestic and psychological thrillers, I think this one is a good step into that genre.
I hate writing negative reviews guys, and really I hope you take them with a grain of salt. Not every book is for every reader, and although I am one person in line who didn’t like it, there are 15 in line who will. So please keep that in mind when you choose to read this book or not. I will add, it also was a very quick read, so if you are looking for something to read in a day or so, this is your book.
This book is out August 7th. I will include some helpful links below.