3.5 stars out of 5 Stars
Review source: Booklook Bloggers
About the Book:
It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.
When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.
This would’ve gotten a full-rounded 4 stars, very possibly 4.5/5 stars had it not been for the ending. I couldn’t do the ending. I mean, why? Maybe there was a reason, but I don’t think it was necessary. I can think of other ways to end it. In fact, I wrote a short ending of I how I wished it would’ve gone…just for my peace of mind.
But the ending aside, I really enjoyed the beginning and middle of the book. It was really captivating, and riveting. There was some parts that I didn’t really understand and I was confused at, and there were a couple of parts that made me uncomfortable that I didn’t care for, but other than that, it was really good. Were it not for the ending, I think it would’ve definitely been a favourite.
I also very much wish that there would have been a Christian redemption thread much stronger than there was. That’s another reason why the ending let me down – it just held such potential for Clara do find redemption.
Oh and there are a couple swear words spoken by other characters in this.
This book is packed full of emotions. I loved that, except for the emotion required at the end.
I received a free copy from BookLook for the purpose of this review. These thoughts are my own, honest and unbiased.