Thursday, November 10, 2016

Elisabeth Naughton - Wait For Me

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.
Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.
As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

Comment: I heard about this book a long time ago. A friend had recommended it to me, I added it up to my TBR list but only in the past months did I manage to actually buy it. I had plans to read it in the past month but I failed, so I put it on first for November.

This is the story of Kate Alexander, a woman who finds out by chance that her life has been a lie. After the death of her husband to an plane accident, she discovers in a locked drawer the picture of a young girl, someone who has to be her daughter. But how can that be, Kate has even been on a come and had her only son while linked to machines...Kate then embarks on an adventure to look for answers and she finds surprise after surprise...
But those who wanted Kate out of the way won't stop now that she came back again...

I enjoyed reading this book. The writing is fluid and easy and it's not a too lengthy book, which makes it easy for us to go through. The story is well described and it was interesting to have a different take on the author's writing because I had only read her PNR stories. This was quite well accomplished, although certain situations seemed too rushed...which is understandable, considering the plot need to move forward.

This book is based on the premise of a specific type of amnesic problem that only allows the heroine to remember things but not her memories attached to it, so she knows a lot about geology and can write/speak about it, but she doesn't remember where she learned it or who was with her, so on... Then the twist, which makes this a suspense story as well, is that she does remember one or two things , she sees a picture that makes her realize some dates and events don't match up to her memories since she woke from her coma. From there she discovers shocking things and goes on looking for the truth. I liked seeing the path she took to find answers but yes, she stumbled on the truth a little too soon I think. I understand the need but I felt a little bit more technique could have been used to make us imagine more time had been gone from her fist idea something was wrong until she found the truth.

The truth is quite complex and what's behind everything is contemporary but still hard to accept. Weird things happen in the world every day so it's not the facets of Kate's coma that made me doubt certain things, but the whys and hows.
Kate had a previous life before her come and despite all the advance in the technology she still managed to stay under the radar and no one knew where or how she was.
There's some complexity here, like I said, and the most interesting aspect of the book is the relationships between the characters. Dealing with such a situation must be complicated and if we add emotional baggage...I fully expected things to keep on being stressful between everyone, al of those missed dates , expectations and comparisons between who Kate is and who she used to be, all this is truly interesting. Of course, the book couldn't go on forever so in a way, there is some rush but overall, I was glad by how things turned out. 

The secondary characters are quite interesting, I'm very curious about the next book.
The relationship between Kate and her children is awkward. Obviously it wouldn't be credible if all happened positively but I also think this wasn't addressed as well as it could. It should be a priority I suppose, even more so than Kate and Ryan's relationship.
The romance felt something pushed in front of us, but of course, this is a romance book a lack of romance, even if realistic, would have annoyed many and this is not mainstream fiction after all.

The final explanations about why everything happened seem rather weak. I can understand how anger and need for revenge feed up a behavior usually no one would go into, but still...
I'd have welcomed an epilogue as well, so better cement how everyone is after such a trial.
Still, overall, this is a positive book, one I rushed into reading, couldn't put down and little details aside, was quite entertaining. I'll read more by the author!
Grade: 8/10

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