Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran

2 Star

When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally had really turned her back, why is her little girl named Olivia?

As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel her untangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

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Kaley - 2 Star

Do you ever feel like you may have enjoyed a book more had you read it at a different time? I felt like that a little bit with Eleanor Moran's The Last Time I Saw You. It took forever for me to read it and I really just wanted to find out what happened but I wonder if the timing was off for me and this book. 

I think I've realized I don't like the novels that tease over and over again that something went wrong in the past and it could explain the problems in the present. Especially if it's not done well. I knew something had gone horribly wrong in Olivia and Sally's friendship while they were still in university but it seemed to take forever to explain what the problem was. The way it was written made me want to skim the rest of the book just to find out what had happened. Then when I got to the revelations...there wasn't any drama to it. So, waiting to find out what had happened was more of an annoyance than anything else. Plus, I didn't feel like any of the revelations were really all that surprising.

I think my other problem with this novel is that I felt zero connection with any of the characters. I know having likeable characters isn't necessary (though it's a personal preference of mine) but I need to feel something for the characters. Olivia was utterly forgettable and that made me sad. I want the characters and story to stay with me and that just doesn't seem to be an option with this book.

I wish I had enjoyed The Last Time I Saw You more than I did. I expected a dramatic tale of friendship from Eleanor Moran's novel and what I got left me wanting more. The conclusions weren't satisfying and the characters didn't keep my interest. It might be loved by some people but I just wasn't one of them.

Thank you to the author for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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