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First off, Tarryn Fisher is a genius. She does what so many indie authors attempt to achieve but, sorry to say, don't even come close. Her writing is polished and perfect and awe inspiring. Anyone can put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and put words down. Tarryn Fisher obviously swapped out her pen for a wand because she's made magic. Again.
This grand finale was perfection. Contrary to The Opportunist and Dirty Red, where Caleb and Olivia spend most of the books physically distant but emotionally joined, Thief brings them together physically for most of the story. But despite their physical proximity, finding their way back to each other seems improbable and impossible. We all know what we want to happen. Obviously. But Tarryn Fisher rarely, if ever, gives you exactly what you're hoping for. She gives you more. She ends up giving you everything you didn't even know you wanted. So with that said, it is nearly impossible to predict what she will give you in her stories. She is known for her mind games, for trying to throw you off. As a reader you know that a happy ending is not likely, but she could give you just that just because it's what you least expect.
Caleb and Olivia have gone through so much, they've done the unthinkable to each other, they've had other people maliciously plotting against them. For years. Even when their own lies and deceit weren't working against them, the secrets and malevolence of others made sure they never had a chance. It's almost impossible to fathom how a happily ever after could possibly come about for these characters. The hateful things they've spewn at each other, the way they bolt and then crash. As a reader, I went back and forth between praying for that happy ending, and just throwing my hands up and wishing they'd just accept their fate and go their separate ways. Enough already!
Thief has you vollying back and forth between those desires the entire way through. Tarryn Fisher throws so many obstacles in the way, as if the history of Caleb and Olivia alone isn't obstruction enough, that you can never really anticipate where this could go.
Let's discuss the facts:
Bringing Jessica Alexander back made me want to throw my kindle at the freaking wall. I knew it was coming. We PLNs discussed it ad nauseam. But to have it actually come to fruition? No. I was displeased to say the least. Why? She's the one other girl in Caleb's history that came close to holding Caleb's heart. So if he can't have Olivia in the end, who else but Jessica Alexander to help him piece back together his life? Olivia is married to perfect sexy Ghandi. Jessica is the perfect addition to give Caleb his own HEA. It was a perfectly placed thorn to throw off readers and the first nail in the Calivia coffin. Well played, Tarryn Fisher.
Thank you for being a douche bag about wanting kids and putting work over your wife. We knew you were too good to be true. I feel better about hating you now.
The never ending question of Estella... is he or isn't he the baby daddy? Another question for the record books. Just when you think this question has been answered, you are flipped on your head again. He is, then he isn't, then he is... the wicked web Leah has woven... it is heartbreaking. It's devastating enough to have the future of Caleb and Olivia be so uncertain, but to watch Caleb endure his daughter being snatched away again and again is excruciating.
And Leah... oh Leah... You crazy see you next Tuesday. I really thought when Leah came out of that kitchen with that dish towel that things had changed. Dirty Red had grown. Washing dishes and letting toys litter her carpet while her daughter slept... I convinced myself this revealed personal growth. Leah, I am impressed. But no. Another Tarryn Fisher facade... what you see is not at all what you get. Leah is not just a woman possessed, now she's a woman scorned. The lengths to which she has and continues to go to to hurt Caleb know no bounds. I even had myself believing that despite her behavior toward Caleb, she had become a decent mother. No. Who separates their daughter from their father in such a way? Who vacations in Asia without leaving a number? Who starts a fight at a funeral? I am shocked at my own hatred for this fictional bitch.
In between bouts of fear and disdain and heartbreak, were some of the most amazing, perfect little diamonds in the rough... these perfect little tidbits that made my heart leap with hope. Despite the facts pointing toward Caleb and Olivia staying apart forever, these little nuggets of hope kept MY hope alive. Caleb keeping Coke in his fridge for Olivia, Olivia keeping sugar cubes for Caleb's tea... it was as if they were silently awaiting the other's return, keeping a place for the other in their absence. Caleb's rethinking of the name for his boat. I wept at those gestures... so easy to skim right past, but so monumental in the grand scheme of things. Despite their physical absence, they were always there, waiting for the other. They were leading completely separate lives and yet carried on with these tiny little touches that reminded us they never moved on.
Also such a perfect, surprising facet of the story were the insights offered up by Steve and Luca. We don't know much about Steve from past books, only his subtle attempts to rein in the vicious viper, Luca. But Thief introduces us to the personalities of these two that we've never seen. Steve convincing Caleb not to give up on Olivia, learning that Luca's disdain for Olivia is not based (entirely) on Olivia's socio-economic status but rather of Olivia's personality reflecting so much of who Luca is herself, Luca finally telling Caleb to wait for Olivia... I began to convince myself that for Caleb's parents to open up in such a way, for Caleb to look to them for guidance and advice and for them both to subtly lead him back to Olivia, this relationship can't be for naught.
Thief is a jungle. It's rough terrain. It's so frightening, you don't know that you'll make it out. The happily ever after for Caleb and Olivia is so typical Tarryn Fisher. It's not perfect. It's actually quite sad. For me, I can sleep soundly tonight with this resolution, I'm glad for it, and I can appreciate it. Tarryn Fisher is not going to give you the epilogue that every other author hands you on a silver platter. You won't see Olivia in a wedding dress, kids running through the yard, white picket fence.... that's not Olivia and Caleb's story. You can't put Caleb and Olivia in the same box with every other fictional characters... they don't fit in that box! And why would you want them to? There story is years of pain and heartbreak and tragedy, really. It would not be Tarryn Fisher style to suddenly give them a story book ending filled with rainbows and sunshine. There's no miracles here. But that is what makes their imperfect story so perfect. And it is theirs.
I thought I loved these characters in the other books, but after Thief I could not love them more. I don't want it to end, yet I'm glad it has so Tarryn Fisher can't mess with their lives anymore!! The dialogue between Caleb and Olivia is perfect. Everything you wish they'd say, they do... And then some. I could go on and on about how wonderful this story really is. The web, this puzzle, this maze that Tarryn has made in this entire series is seriously in a league of it's own. Tarryn Fisher is in a league all her own. Her creativity and her way with words know no bounds... And who benefits from that more than us?
Tarryn Fisher slices me open with her words. When I first read The Opportunist I thought it was a standalone book. I ended up hiding from my kids sobbing in the bathroom...and I didn't fully recover my sanity until I found out it was going to be a trilogy! When I found out Dirty Red was going to be from Leah's POV I thought there was no way Tarryn could pull it off...but it was a brilliant anti-romance novel that I thoroughly enjoyed! So when it came time for Thief, while many of my fellow fans were wailing and gnashing their teeth regarding whether there would be an HEA or not, I was surprisingly calm. I had complete faith that no matter the outcome, Tarryn would get it RIGHT! It would be beautiful, and unique, and torturous...and ultimately perfect.
Trust Tarryn. Don't read reviews (after this one!). Don't worry about it. She knows what she is doing. There are no loose ends. There are no inconsistencies or plot holes. There are no poorly chosen words. No cliches. This series is so tightly woven, so perfectly paced, so expertly revealed...it is simply stunning. Tarryn's ability to surprise is one of her strongest assets, but even more impressive is her prose. I don't have the words to tell you how much I adore this woman's writing. I was constantly thinking "oh, no one has ever said it that way!!" - it's just unbelievable!
I refuse to include spoilers, so there is little more that I can say. So I will leave it at this: I read over 100 books a year...I have a list of 6 books/series that are a level above everything else I've ever read. This series tops the list.
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• 295 Pages • Contemporary • Happily Ever After • In A Series • First-Person Narrative • His POV • A Peek To Her POV
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