Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: Olivay by Deborah Reed

by Deborah Reed

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  We don’t believe that our lives can change in an instant—until they do.

Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bombs detonate across the city; mayhem and carnage fill the streets; and her loft is covered in broken glass and her own blood. Henry is skittish, solicitous, and strangely distracted. Who is this man she’s marooned with as the city goes on lockdown? Why is she catching him in lie after lie? Is he somehow connected to her husband’s death and the terrorist attacks outside?

Kritters Thoughts:  Olivay endures a tragedy at the beginning of the book and this tragic event will shape the person she is for the rest of the book - her husband dies almost right in front of her and she has to put the pieces of her life back together.  A year later a man enters her life and he will send her life reeling out of control.

A combination of love story with a political thriller this was an interesting read.  With bombings and potential terrorists, this book made me think of those who are there when these major events happen - those in the city on 9/11 or in Boston during the marathon; these people who are caught up in history and are on the news but would rather not be newsworthy.  I really enjoyed thinking about the people behind the new stories, the family of the accused of massive shootings or those who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Even after finishing the book, I am still not sure I got everything, I feel like I have missed some details and feel a little unsettled about the book.  I enjoyed this one, but didn't completely love the ending.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

1 comment :

  1. Sometimes I really like books that leave me unsettled - those are often the kind that I can't stop thinking about for a long time.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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