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Author: Deb Caletti
Author website: http://www.debcaletti.com/
Cover rating: 5
Description: Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she's ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is--and what he's willing to do to make her stay.Now Clara has left the city-and Christian-behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this novel. I am so, so happy I did. Deb Caletti's books are really hit or miss for me. I love some, but don't really like others. This is by far my favorite Deb Caletti novel. I can't even express how beautiful this novel is.
Caletti weaves an intricate story that stems far beyond a troubled relationship. There is so much drama, so much real life. The tension is palpable. This novel is an emotional roller coaster. It takes you from happy to sad, scared to joyful, laughing to crying. She makes every relationship so real. And, not just the relationship between Clara and Christian, but all the other characters as well. I love how she wrote the novel. Parts in present, parts in past, all leading up to the end. This is one of those life changing books. It some small way it sinks into your soul and speaks to you. It makes you think. You learn about yourself. You learn harsh truths of others. It's stunning.
The relationship between Clara and Christian is magnificent. Not magnificent in the way that makes you swoon, but it is written magnificently. It's real and true. Caletti must have done plenty of research for this novel. I've seen an obessive relationship up close. It over took my family for quite some time. I remember the fear. I remember the angst. I remember the feeling of being competely helpless not being able to help these people. And, you totally get those feelings reading this novel. Clara is so strong and wonderful. I can't imagine actually being in a relationship like that even though my family has been involved in one. I know these relationships happen everyday, but I can't even fathom what it must be like to be in it.
Even though this novel is a heavy read on your heart, it will also lift it and make it happy. There are light points. Theres love. A healthy love, not only an obessive psycho love. The characters are brilliant. The writing is beautiful. The plots are real. I will be buying this book for my shelves next April and I will be reading it again and again.