on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex, Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, Mystery, New Adult Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Author, Indie Sage PR
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It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back. Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most. Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood. When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more. Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home…. ---------------------- What About Her is the first book in a two book series and ends in a cliffhanger. What About Us will be out soon! This book is intended for a mature audience. 18+
I am reviewing these books together because I read them together and because this is a duet. The story is about Kate, her missing friend, Willow and River. Willow is dating River when she disappears without a trace. The first book starts six months after Willow’s disappearance, when all of her friends and family, except Kate have decided to move on. Kate is sure in her heart that Willow is alive and will return.
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.