I feel like this one has been fairly well reviewed so I’m going to skip that portion and just get down to my impressions. I borrowed this one because I saw a friend read it and love it. I normally don’t have a hard time rating a book, and I’ve fluctuated back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, so I’m going to leave it at 4.
Things I liked:
As a sufferer with PTSD for very different reasons, I can completely relate to Zoe’s plight, the hypervigilance, the mistrust, the panic and need to hide out from the world, screams symptoms, and I felt my heart break for Zoe and the struggle to move on from such a horrific event.
I loved her book club friends and aside from Rae (who is just amazing, she knows how to listen, she pushes Zoe when she needs it, and she demonstrates time and again true friendship), we didn’t get a ton from them. Perhaps in a different book, we would have come to really love them more than we already do, but going into depth with all of them would have derailed the goal of the book. Zoe found a great support system.
Zoe’s quiet strength. Because even when she thought she lacked any, it was evident in everything she did. The fact that she was alive speaks volumes alone without the other ways she demonstrates it throughout the book.
Tripp- He’s a good man, a patient man. The things he says to Zoe is heart-melting. I admire his ability to see her strength from the start. and We could use some more Tripp’s in the world.
Things I didn’t like:
Tripp sometimes spoke in short, stilted sentences, and it was endearing at first, but it wasn’t consistent. But then in a phone conversation, Brady was doing it, and I didn’t like it at all. Because men don’t talk like that, and it can’t be a unique trait to Tripp when Brady is doing it too.
In chapter 20, Zoe starts a phone conversation, and while I guess I should have assumed it was Rae, we don’t actually find out it’s Rae until after the phone convo was done.
Tripp calling Zoe Dove after their second conversation. He tells us in the book he knew there was something wrong with her from the get-go, and a nickname as such right off the bat seemed like bad timing to me.
I thought the book was fairly well-done, it definitely wasn’t easy subject material. It could have been hit or miss going into the detail of the rape, and I think the book would have been fine without the length of detail, but it did make an impact. It was a joy to watch Tripp and her friends work on the walls she spent so long building.