Olivia Kaspen is self-sabotage dipped in crazy, wearing vodka perfume. And, I love her.
I love to see a gorgeous, smart, vivacious main character with issues so heavy it could ground a 747.
Caleb Drake is smart, charming, popular, gorgeous. And, I hate him. That's right, I hate the dashing main character. His charm is muffled by his self-righteousness, his brain is overshadowed by his condescension. But, I love to hate Caleb Drake. I love to hate him so much that it becomes difficult to tell if he was caught up in Hurricane Olivia, or if it's the other way around.
Olivia takes us through their sordid love story, and Tarryn Fisher tells it in an artful way. She tells parts of the story in "Present" and "Past" chapters, filling us in as needed, to move the story forward. I greatly appreciate the significant passage of time this novel follows- and I think the usage of the past/present helps that along. It's lovely, mournfully so at times, to see what years and years do to people and relationships.
Character development in the case of Olivia is told quite beautifully. I was, however, looking for a little bit more out of Caleb. Maybe it's going to come later, but I can't BELIEVE no one called him out on ANYTHING. I'll patiently wait for that :)
Amnesia, love triangles, manipulation, and borderline insanity hug this wonderfully written and artfully crafted novel. Well Done!