Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is—and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.
Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough… (via Goodreads)
I found this to be a very well-written book. It did not take long at all to really sink into Clara’s story.
I loved the setting: on the coast with lighthouse. Very atmospheric. I also loved the other characters involved in Clara’s life as she tries to get past her relationship with Christian. When she meets Finn, I at first thought eek too soon!, but quickly changed my mind. It is impossible not to fall for Finn, and he really helps her overcome her past instead of helping her hide from it. That part of the story could have easily gone way off course, I’m so glad it didn’t!
The story also constantly switches to the past and the way Clara met and got involved with Christian. Caletti does a very good job of balancing the “yes, I can see why she fell for him” with the “feeling of impending doom.” Really great characterization following their relationship and how scary it was.
I’m not sure how I feel about how Clara ultimately ends up confronting her past: it seemed to suspend reality a tad. But then, I’ve never been in a situation that resembles hers at all, so maybe I just don’t fully appreciate it. Either way – that part kept me from loving the book as much as I could have.
Regardless, I recommend picking up a copy of this if you’re a fan of Deb Caletti or contemporary young adult fiction. You will lose yourself in Clara’s journey and watch as she starts to leave her past behind. The book is released later this month, so be on the lookout!