Review: This Is Sarah

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Rating: 5 Stars

When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.

THIS IS SARAH serves as a meditation on loss, love and what it means to say goodbye.

 

This may just be the toughest review I have ever had to write.  I loved THIS IS SARAH. It definitely is a 5 star book.
But it it is a raw, gut wrenching read. So gut wrenching that I honestly wondered whether it was based on real events. (It’s not, I asked)

A child going missing is a parents worse nightmare. The author manages to capture the emotion of what that must feel like and really makes you feel it from everyone’s perspective.
My heart bled reading THIS IS SARAH.
The book stayed with me for DAYS and DAYS.

THIS IS SARAH is not a read you will forget easily.
Impressively, it works its way into your heart and mind with out being graphic or gory.
This is part of what made this book for me.
I don’t do gore, or scary.

Colin was my favourite character.
He was also the most raw and intense. Possibly, the most intense character I have read in quite awhile, if not only.
I also kind of feel like he got a raw deal – especially since there was no vindication for him.
Were I in his shoes, I honestly feel like I would have coped the same way.  I really just wanted to tell him it was going to be okay.

I was kind of surprised by the way things played out with the members of Sarah’s family. It made it hard for me to have much respect for anyone but Claire by the end.
Claire is trying to survive the worst event of her young life, and she does it in the shadows.

I really enjoyed seeing the kind of person that she turned out to be growing into. Though for a brief awkward period I was also kind of mortified. But I guess it could be chalked up to that awkward stage that we all go through Claire’s was just a bit more weird and awkward.

I wish there was more to follow Claire later in life, and see how things turn out for her. She just seemed to be growing so much and her character development had so much potential.
Especially with that ending. (!!!)

I most definitely recommend THIS IS SARAH to anyone that likes a good read that has a play of mystery to it.
If you are looking for a read that is going to tug at your heart strings this is it.
Need a book that is going to shake you out of your reading rut, pick up THIS IS SARAH.
It definitely recharged my reading and made me look forward to what the author is going to come out with next.
She has done an amazing job genre jumping.

 

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