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In WYWG, Karen is a sympathetic heroine who struggles to deal with an alcoholic mother, an unhelpful brother, and an ambivalent boyfriend. Not to mention, she has lost an important role in her symphony. Karen's life is wrought with stress and difficulty. But then she meets Greg and a romance blossoms. But although Greg makes Karen happy, he's not all that forthcoming about his life. When Karen discovers Greg's secret, she must confront the trajectory of her own life.
Moretti is a strong writer. Her words flow with such ease that you effortlessly get lost in the story. Her characters are deep and complex -- they are not perfect people and I love them all the more for it. I root for Karen on every page and I feel her sorrow, pain, and joy. I love to dissect Moretti's characters and world. She's truly a standout in her genre.
So Karen goes to a local bar and grill and is having a few martinis to cheer herself up when she meets a nice guy who’s with a group of businessmen. After talking awhile, he helps her into the taxi that she calls to take her home. Within minutes, the taxi is broadsided and Karen’s consciousness fades away.
Waking up in the hospital a few days later, Karen finds that no one has even been concerned about where she’s been, except for Greg Randolf, the American guy who pulled her from the taxi after the accident. He calls to check on her and is there to take her home the day she’s released. Weeks and weeks of recovery follow and Greg continues to check back when he’s in town and bring groceries and essentially take care of Karen when no one else does.
There are some subtle clues along the way that not everything is right with this budding romance, but you really, really want it to be. You root for Karen, because she’s a nice girl who’s been through so much already in her life and Greg is a steady, hardworking guy who travels a lot for business. Their relationship progresses to intimacy, although Greg seems a little reluctant at first. When they’re apart, they talk or text every day. Soon Greg is asking Karen to accompany him on trips and to come to his company apartment in New York for long weekends. And cautiously she allows herself to think of happily ever after…
There are some incredible twists and turns in this novel that caught me completely by surprise, although that sense of foreboding that something is not quite right stays with you throughout. I found it a fascinating read about the many gray areas between right and wrong. It definitely works as a stand alone book, although it was written as a companion to Ms. Moretti’s previous novel, Thought I knew You.
Ms. Moretti opens the story with a bang, and around the fourth chapter, I could not control the sadness and empathy I felt for Karen. Her disinterested mother and brother do not care enough to lend a helping hand, leaving her to fend for herself after being discharged from the hospital. How is she supposed to get groceries with a broken arm and ankle? Greg, a virtual stranger at the time, steps up to the plate and his constant kindness kept me smiling from ear to ear. Even when Karen discovers Greg's secret, I continued to like him. Ms. Moretti truly captures the emotion of Greg's deception, and the couple's final words to each other are quite impassioned.
All the characters are well-defined, realistic and compelling. Although the author wrapped up the story in the last chapter, the ending felt incomplete and abrupt. In a nutshell, this is an intriguing novella, with twists and turns that I felt deep into my soul.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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