“Lisa is living her dreams. However, her boyfriend Matthew, is not. The once hot and heavy romance soon reaches a standstill when their relationship hits a brickwall. With tensions rising the “honeymoon” stage starts to decline and threatens to end Matthew and Lisa’s relationship. Will their fighting and arguing end as quickly as it started or will they survive?”
This book was not quite what I expected. I only glanced at the description before getting started, so in my head I was going to be reading a romcom/love/life/Bridget Jones type story. I didn’t like the beginning very much and found the narrative disjointed. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I am writing a journal (diary?) I wouldn’t be writing about several months of events on one day, or describe myself as having “hazel eyes as deep as the ocean” or “caramel skin” that makes me “culturally ambiguous”. It just struck me as a bit unnatural and as though the author was trying too hard to do some scene setting. I think the book would have been better starting with a bigger introduction to Lisa, or no introduction but dipping straight into her writing a journal entry in present tense. Or failing that completely scrapping the word journal, and just have Lisa writing about the events of the last few months to a friend. All a bit picky I know but these were all my initial impressions of the book.
Things soon becomes more interesting, and I found myself absorbed in the ‘love story gone wrong’. I hadn’t expected the dark and shocking plot twist, the words a metaphorical icy glass of water thrown in my face. What I liked in particular was the way the writing gave enough description to keep me engaged, without becoming overly dramatic or complicated. The storyline had a progressive flow to it, and I was entertained without the plot seeming rushed. I hadn’t realised it was a short story and began fully immersing myself in Lisa’s tale when it came to an end. I was disappointed as I wanted to know more about her life! The closing paragraphs brought the plot to the present, but I didn’t feel they added richness or context. I am wondering if they were included to pave the way for a second book, as questions were left unanswered.
Do read this if:
You like ‘real life’ stories
You like short stories
Don’t read this if:
You like books with a clear conclusion