Letters To The Lost

Letters to the Lost

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bloomsbury!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Thicker Than Water

Synopsis:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Thoughts:

I have heard of Brigid Kemmerer’s work long before now, but I’ve only ever read one of her books. Until now! I was really intrigued by the synopsis of Letters To The Lost. I’m so glad I read it and now I’m definitely intrigued to read Brigid’s back catalogue. Letters To The Lost is an emotional, but important read surrounding grief and people’s perceptions of one another.

Letters to the Lost centres around two characters, Juliet and Declan who we hear from throughout the story. Both Juliet and Declan have lost part of their family. Juliet writes letters to her mother and leaves them on her grave. One day, Declan comes across it and feels compelled to reply. They become close through letters and emails although they don’t know who they’re talking to. They know they go to the same school, but they’re scared to reveal themselves. Both Juliet and Declan have judged each other in ‘real life.’ In ‘real life’ they don’t get on. Juliet thinks Declan is a criminal and looks down on him and Declan thinks Juliet is a little stuck up. Throughout the story, the reader is just waiting for the penny to drop and them to realise exactly who they are.

This book is heavy going because of the subject matter. Declan has gone through a lot in his life already. His sister has died, his Dad’s in prison and Declan is doing community service after crashing his father’s car into a building. Everyone in the town judges him and treats him negatively. Juliet was just another person that judged him. Juliet herself is grieving for her mother who died in a tragic accident.

I loved reading their interactions by letters and emails. Declan was known as The Dark and Juliet was Cemetery Girl. Declan really started to come across as a kind, thoughtful person. He was so sweet towards Juliet and really began to open up about the struggles in his life. I took a while to warm to Juliet, but I eventually did, especially during the interactions with Declan online. She was honest about her feelings and encouraging.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a deep, raw read. I think if you’re not into dramatic reads then be mindful of that when you go into this book. This book is dramatic because of the issues Declan and Juliet are going through. I think it’s worth reading though. It’s engaging, well written and so easy to read!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, deep read. I will definitely read more from Brigid Kemmerer!

This Week In Books #58

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Awful Auntie Letters to the Lost Goodbye Days

NOWAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I’m currently reading this book for the Kid-Lit Challenge with my sister, Beth! Our review will be out on Friday!

THENLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I absolutely adored this book. I’m pushing my review forward, so look out for it tomorrow, if you’re interested! It’s such a moving, thoughtful book.

NEXTGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’ve heard so much hype around this book! I can’t wait to read it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

This Week In Books #57

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

All the Forever Things Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Letters to the Lost

NOWAll The Forever ThingsJolene Perry– I’m hoping to get a good way through this book tonight. I really enjoy Jolene’s writing and it’s often deeper than you’d first expect.

THENFun HomeAlison Bechdel– I recently finished this book for Beth and I’s Banned Books feature. Look out for our review on Monday!

NEXTLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I’ve heard so much about this book. I’m intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to let me know in the comments or leave me a link to post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR (2017)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books on our Spring TBR.

I’ve started with 5 ARCs that I’m going to be reading first! I seem to have a busy start to April!

Follow Me Down- Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

I have heard good things so far about this book. I hope to read it after my current read!

All The Forever Things- Jolene Perry

All the Forever Things

I enjoy Jolene Perry’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

I’ve heard a lot about this author although I’ve never read a book by her. Looking forward to them!

Goodbye Days- Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days

I’ve seen this one everywhere… intrigued!

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I’m nervous about this one as I loved the author’s debut so much!

On My Shelf

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I have had this coming up for a few weeks now, but then other books have got in the way… you know how it is! I am really looking forward to this.

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

I have mixed feelings about reading this book. I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations.

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

Another highly anticipated one!

Don’t Touch- Rachel M. Wilson

Don't Touch

This one has been on my TBR for far too long. It’s time to read it…

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

My sister Beth, isn’t sure if I’m going to like this book, but I’ll give it a go!

What have you got on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #160

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Gift:

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

I received this book as part of my Reading Year from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath! I’ve heard good things about it, so hopefully I’ll like it!

NetGalley:

Letters to the Lost

This book got me with its synopsis. I’m so intrigued by it!

Countless

I have heard fantastic things about this book already. It centres around mental health which is something I am always happy to see represented in literature.

The Pearl Thief

I enjoy Elizabeth Wein’s writing and this book immediately caught my eye! I’m looking forward to it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave me a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Kensington Books

Synopsis:

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Thoughts:

I had heard about Brigid Kemmerer for quite some time, but for some reason never really ventured into her books. Then one day I was browsing NetGalley and the cover and the synopsis of Thicker Than Water stood out to me. I love a good murder mystery and I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis.

This book has dual narration. The reader hears from Thomas and Charlotte. Thomas is new to town. His mother has recently been murdered. She was brutally strangled. Charlotte is your typical ‘good girl’. I have to admit that she came across as a little frustrating, but she definitely grew on me as the story progressed. She’s daughter to a police officer and sister to three protective brothers who are also in the police force.  There doesn’t seem to be any evidence to point to a murderer, so Thomas is prime suspect. One day Charlotte and Thomas meet, Charlotte’s family do NOT trust Thomas, so they try hard to get him locked up. Charlotte is the only one that believes Thomas and is determined to find out what really happened to his mother.

My first impression of Brigid Kemmerer’s writing is that she writes male characters incredibly convincingly. I think Thomas came across well. He was sensitive, but strong at the same time, maintaining a calm exterior, when really he was feeling confused and saddened inside. I liked his relationship with Charlotte. I liked how much she believed in him, no matter what her family was saying about him. It’s nice to read about characters who believe in the best of people.

Given the cover, I thought this book was going to be sexier than it actually was. Thomas and Charlotte’s relationship wasn’t as intense as I expected it to be. There were some moments that I’m sure many readers will swoon over, but I expected them to be more frequent. Not that I’m complaining, it just shows that expectations can be so wrong!

As for the murder mystery itself, I don’t think it’s that predictable. There are certainly some surprises thrown in along the way. The story takes an interesting twist about halfway through. I would have loved the twist to have been introduced a little bit earlier in order to explore it more, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I enjoyed my first step into Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. This is a decent read!