Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Park | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: July 16 2013
Length: 399 Pages
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Buy It: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Cover Love: This is the UK cover. It is absolutely stunning, and by far one of my all time favorites.
Point of View: 1st person, following Blythe
My Rating: 5 Stars
Left Drowning was an absolute stunning and breathtaking read. I am a huge fan of Jessica Park's, so I did go into it with high expectations. Not only were my expectations met, they were very much exceeded. You may be familiar with Jessica's other works, most notably Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt. It is in those two novels where I fell in love with Jessica and her writing. Left Drowning does have a more mature vibe, but this is in no way a negative, it just goes to prove how versatile she can be as an author.
I have such a hard time loving a female narrative, which is unfortunate as around 90% of the books I read are exactly that. I tend to be over critical about their decisions and actions. However, with that said there is nothing I can fault Blythe with. She is the epitome of strong. I not only understood every decision she made, but I thought that they were exactly how I would have handled the same situations. Jessica is a writing queen when it comes to female characters. Blythe is independent, strong, reliable... all the while being quite frankly torn apart inside. Her life has been what nightmares are made of, until she meets Christopher and his sister and brothers. It is their love and acceptance that helps Blythe start to heal.
*sigh* Chris is such an amazing character. This is going to sound completely odd, but I think the reason I love him so much is because he is so very flawed. It is evident early on that it is not just Blythe that has had a nightmare of a life. Everything Chris does is for his family. He is so caught up in that mindset that he has never allowed himself to stop and do anything solely for himself. He is just as messed up as Blythe, and I loved being able to witness them slowly start to heal not only themselves but each other.
The emotions you will experience while reading Left Drowning will knock you on your ass. I am not even joking about this. To say my heart broke while reading this book would be a drastic understatement. Jessica's writing has a way of immersing you into the story. You are so wrapped up in the words and emotions... then something happens and BAM... you are rocked to your core. This happened to me several times.
But one time in particular caused me to have to put my Kindle down, and message Jessica on Facebook just so I could let her know how she had just broke my heart. I was an emotional basket case. She of course simply laughed, did you not know she gets pleasure from our pain? Well, she does... but thankfully everything comes together in the end. So for the pain, I can forgive her. It's kinda like the saying that you can't have a rainbow without a little rain.
This is a one off novel, so there is no need to dread any kind of cliffhanger. Everything comes together perfectly and you will be left with a beautiful wide smile on your face. Fear not my warnings of broken hearts, and Jessica's pleasure from our pain... this is an inspiring story of how two people who have lived through two of the worst kinds of traumas, can come together and become whole again. Lives come full circle, and finally they realize that they don't have to be left drowning in their past, not when you have someone you can hold on to.