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- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0737GYCXZ
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Can't wait to see what Emma Tharp comes up with next.
All the components for a great mystery and romance story is there. A missing girl, a friend holding on, two friends coming together in their grief and finding love. The problem for me is that the components just never came together. Kate, who is in her last year of college and preparing for grad school, comes across like a high school kid versus a young adult. She is so unsure of herself and her decisions. A good example is when she finds evidence in Willow's room , she has to ask if she should bring it to the police and then when told yes, she forgets all about it. Everyone in town is determined to "move on" and assume Willow is dead but, even so, Kate refuses to publicly acknowledge that she and River as together because of what everyone will think. In book two, she makes decisions that make absolutely no sense based on what she knows of the situation before Willow went missing and is constantly second guessing herself and leaving River confused.
The pacing is very slow, especially in book two (Poor Lane, Kate was always so exhausted.). Evidence and revealed truths are few and far in between with the majority of the pages spent on Kate's inner monologues and her leading Lane on. The ultimate "truth" of what happened to Willow was both anti-climactic and overdone.
Unfortunately, I just found this overtly angst ridden and repetitious. I'm not sure why a duet was needed and feel had the author pulled back some of the repeated scenes that this would have worked as a single romance/mystery book.
Willow’s alive! She’d been missing for nine months, and has no memory of where she’s been, or what happened to her. Her parents had a memorial service for her, so sure she was not going to be found, while her best friend Katie was certain she was still alive. She’d no proof, just a feeling. Even River, Willow’s boyfriend at the time, thought she was dead. Katie started dating River, despite the guilt she felt, having grown closer to him since her disappearance. They’d all been friends since childhood and Katie had always been attracted to him. And now she’s back and Katie feels so guilty. She tells River they need to stop seeing each other; he needs to go back to Willow. He doesn’t want to, but Katie is dead set on doing the right thing, pretending they’re just friends.
“I’m not going to change my mind on this, okay? We don’t have a choice. This is the right thing to do.”
“I care for Willow, and I want to help her get her memory back. But I don’t want her anymore. I want you. It’s that simple.”
“How exactly are you going to ‘move past’ your feelings?”
“I’m not sure yet. We’ll figure it out. Of course we’re going to stay friends. I can’t lose you completely.”
Katie renews her friendship with Lane Powers and makes River think that they’re dating. That should convince River to stay with Willow. Poor, naïve Katie thinks she can just turn on and off her feelings.
And, what about Willow? Where’s she been these last 9 months? Does she really not remember anything, like she claims? There are still so many strange things about her disappearance that don’t add up. Katie continues to dig into her story and it’s soon obvious that she and Willow aren’t as close as they once were.
“I can tell there’s a lot going on with you. Why don’t you tell me and get it off your chest?”
That’s why I’m so lucky. My sister has always been here for me, no matter what’s going on. I nod and start spilling.
“You know my plan to get Willow and River back to and keep my friendship with her intact?”
“Oh yeah. That really dumb plan where you dump the best boyfriend you’ve ever had—the one that desperately loves and wants you—just so you can be a martyr for your best friend. How could I forget that plan?”
So many surprises! I kept trying to guess what had happened to Willow during those 9 months she was missing and just when I thought I knew there was a new twist! What About Us kept me in suspense. I desperately wanted to shake Katie a few times, to tell her not to be self-sacrificing, and just think about herself for a change. And poor River! In love with Katie and having to pretend that he and Willow were still involved. Can he forgive Katie? Will their friendship survive? Hmmmmm…read for yourself to find out!
***I was gifted an advanced copy and give an honest review***
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