When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret – and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it.
Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when it’s a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, there are only three ways to deal with it: sex, drugs and alcohol. For Sarah, its keeping her distance and closely guarding the lengths she’s gone to in order to keep her secret safe for the past fifteen years. And she succeeds until Adam finds a box of her teenage diaries.
Against a backdrop of lies, secrecy, passion and teenage rebellion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel and when her first love is brutally murdered, her past and present collide in a way that makes it impossible to keep them apart.
Adam thought he knew everything about Sarah. He was wrong.
Romantic, intense and heart-breaking, Together Apart is a contemporary love story exploring what it really means to love and be loved.
Possible spoiler ahead…
I raced through Together Apart in less than 24 hours. And considering that lately it’s taken me a month or more to finish most books, that has to be some kind of miracle. I ignored meals, dishes, Pet Rescue Saga… even my kids (just kidding… mostly…)
And yet, even a few weeks later (I’m really behind on my reviewing lately) I’m still not certain why. Maybe because it was an easy read – there was no complex history, no new worlds, and no poetic language to plow through, or maybe because the story somehow managed to hook me, even if I wanted to strangle the characters at times.
As I was reading, I wanted to scream at Sarah. She was being so sulky and bratty. Looking back with a bit of distance, I see that perhaps she got emotionally “stuck” at a certain age, as sometimes happens with traumatic events. That being said, even before the “event” she was still being bratty and sulky, and I had a very hard time sympathizing with her.
I could sympathize more with Adam, as the confused boyfriend who can’t understand how things went so terribly wrong in such a short period of time, but at the same time, I kept thinking, “You can do better!”
But even though I was frustrated by the characters, I still wanted to see how things would turn out. Part of me would have liked to have seen a less predictable outcome, but at the same time, that’s not how the genre works, and I can accept that.
Overall, for Chick Lit lovers, especially those fond of British Chick Lit like Jill Mansell, I can recommend Together Apart.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.