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?
With eloquent and suspenseful prose, Olivay explores the wreckage of loss and the collision of grief, desire, and terror in its aftermath. As the characters get pushed outside their comfort zones, forced to walk the thin line between destruction and salvation, Olivay keeps readers guessing what will become of Olivay and Henry until the very end.
Welcome to my tour stop of the Blog Tour! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you! Thank you soo much TLC Book Tours and Deborah Reed for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review! I hope you enjoy this stop as much as I enjoyed reading for it 😀
“For all the times she’d wanted to die, she now understood how badly she wanted to live.”
A year ago, Olivay, was was married content if not happy. She was working as an architect, in love with her life. A year later, she is a widow, her life and her husband’s accident became a media spectacle and she has now become a loner.
She is in two minds about living her life again and the one morning she does go out for a cup of coffee, she meets a man, Henry. Now Henry, appeals to her, not just physically but there is a connection between them, that was palpable even to the reader.
She bring him back, they spend a night together and the next day everything just blows up, literally! There is a terrorist attack, and now they are stuck with each other and all the secrets that is between them!
“People are capable of doing all kinds of things, Olivay. The “why” doesn’t even matter.”
Olivay is a book that stays with you long after you are done with it – you keep thinking about the various connotations of each and every revelations that you just have to go back and check whether your perceptions were right or not.
The book starts off a little slow and it’s only when the book is done 60%, is when it starts to pick up pace. But that doesn’t mean it detracts from the plot, in fact the slowness of the plot is perfect buildup for the scenarios that take place.
I, personally would have loved Henry’s POV from the start, rather than only 40% of the book – it would have made it more clear as to what was happening and the secrets that Henry was keeping and the reasons why!
I also think, the author had left it to readers to their own interpretations when it came most of the plot twists – she only gives only vague clues as to the secrets and it’s on the reader to figure out what is happening, or what has happened. This is a bloody brilliant move on her part, especially since it’s one of the major reasons why I am still hung up on this book!
I will definitely check out Deborah Reed’s books – but I will give it at least a month in between her books, especially since I can’t afford be to be hung up on books when I am supposed to be studying for my Doctorate 😀
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If you love books that can fuck with your mind (in a good way!), read this book! The writing, the plot and the characters are bloody brilliant – but only read it when you know you are okay with being hung up on a book (Because I still haven’t been able to go back to my actual studies :P).
About Deborah Reed
Deborah Reed’s novel Things We Set on Fire sold more than one hundred thousand copies in its first six months, while Carry Yourself Back to Me was a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She wrote the bestselling thriller A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, under her pen name Audrey Braun. Several of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications such as the Literarian, MORE, and Poets & Writers. She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing, and teaches at the UCLA Extension Writing Program. She is also codirector of the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She resides in Los Angeles.
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