Saturday, August 23, 2014

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

4 Star

Four years have passed since Justin Campbell’s disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold what’s left of their family together.

Then, one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away, in the neighboring town, and, most important, he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family, the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbells’ hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family’s greatest fears—and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery—each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

Remember Me Like This was definitely one I don't regret reading even though I thought I might like it much more than I did. The entire idea of your child being kidnapped and then recovered many years later was one that I had never thought about but then again why would I? It did really appeal to me though as I couldn't help but wonder how the author would create these characters and bring them to life through the intense emotions that I imagined such an event would evoke.

Remember Me Like This was a rollercoaster of emotion for all of the characters and there were definitely some twists that I didn't see coming. I did assume I would feel certain things (like guilt, anger, etc) as these are normal reactions to an event like this - it seemed natural therefore that it would resemble the grieving process quite a bit.

This story wasn't always easy to read because I did feel that I was unsure of some of the reactions of the characters, though until you are truly in the shoes of someone, how can you say how you would react? I wondered often what kind of research the author did and I also wondered how many children are recovered in circumstances like these.

Truly the story was not an easy subject matter and I do believe it was handled quite well and it did make my heart ache at times.

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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