Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: In Her Wake

Title In Her Wake

Series Ten Tiny Breaths, book 0.5

Author K. A. Tucker

Release Date September 1, 2014

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
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Review

This is the prequel to the Ten Tiny Breaths series. However, it is recommended that you read this after (at least) the first book.

While we know what happened to Kacey before Ten Tiny Breaths, we don't know the entire story of what happened with Trent... until now. In Her Wake tells the heartbreaking story of how one simple mistake can change so many lives. That being said, I was surprised at how many encounters Trent and Kacey had with one another after the accident and before the first book in the series. I think it's safe to say that Trent's grief and desire to make amends with Kacey lead him down a stalkerish path. I was also surprised that Kacey seemed completely oblivious to all of these "chance" meetings with Trent. I suppose that it's easy to explain them away as she was in a period of deep grief. I guess I just wasn't aware of how crafted their meeting in Ten Tiny Breaths actually was.

As always, I absolutely loved Tucker's writing. In Her Wake was the perfect ending to Trent and Kacey's story.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

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