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Love You Gone by Rona Halsall

Hey booklovers!

I have to say it’s a relief when I finish a book. Any book. Cause sometimes I feel like I just can’t read anymore. Does that ever happen to you? And the weirdest part is I try to read more so I don’t lose that feeling of wanting to read. And it doesn’t help if the book is not interesting either.

After reading rave reviews of Love you gone I really thought I was in for a treat and had high hopes going in. Have you ever read a book with great anticipation only to be disappointed? The major factor in favour of the book was the fast pace. It’s the fastest book I have read in recent times. Around six hours, more or less. Here’s the plotline:

Luke is a widower with two kids. He is at loss for living his life after the death of his wife. He is estranged from his parents and haven’t a clue how to bring up his children.

Mel is in her late thirties and a successful business woman. But she desperately wants a child. So when Luke comes in her life she sees the perfect opportunity to step into the role of a mum as well as try to have a child of her own.

After a series of problems they decide to go on a holiday to sort things with each other only to find Luke and the kids missing once Mel arrives. What happened to them? How can they just disappear?

I found the characters to be so frustrating. In the beginning you are all for Mel and I realised this was just a push and pull tactic. As the book goes on and more things are revealed you understand where this is going. I didn’t realise I had read the book so fast and that’s a credit to the writer to make it seem so effortless.

I was impressed with the characters arcs and the plot itself was different but I was frustrated with Luke as a parent. It’s definitely not a regular plotline and that’s good. Maybe it’s the stereotype that frustrated me but even though I understand Luke it was just too much.

Its got great writing, interesting plot structure and is fast paced that is going for it but the plotline despite been different wasn’t something I “enjoyed”.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me this advanced copy.

Publication Date: 15th November, 2018

Bibliogyan rating – For fans of thriller/mystery.

3 thoughts on “Love You Gone by Rona Halsall

    1. It was definitely different but I just didn’t like Luke been so dependant on Mel and not able to properly parent his kids. But that’s good writing. For a moment I didn’t know how this was going to end as clearly there was no happy ending. And I was really angry for the kids. Haha. Funny how imaginary characters can do that 😁


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