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I See You (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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Frantiska Oliver, is quite simply one of the most talented writers I've read in decades. Without telling all the gory, gut twisting details she has the ability to evoke tangled emotions, heartbreak, despair, and the rise of gritty determination and hope with the click of her keyboard. My only complaint about this book is I believe it needs a PTSD warning inside the cover before the story begins. There are triggers for survivors of incest and sexual abuse throughout the book, but especially in the first two and a half chapters. Unfortunately for those who suffer the everyday triggers and deal with PTSD episodes those first few chapters are needed to make this story so substantial.
I was asked to read and review 'I See You' by a friend of mine who is connected to the author. I had only seen the teasers and thought it would be about a woman who had suffered tragedy, betrayal or some other friction that can so easily destroy one's ability to trust in others. I also thought it would be about this character finding the strength to love again despite her tragic past. In a way that is true. The story is about a woman learning to trust herself and others and allowing love to enter her life after an abusive childhood, the tragic deaths of her parents, and the anger that stems from such devastation. But that is not all this story is about. To say I was more than a little surprised when I saw the cover is an understatement, and I was sorely ready to stop reading 'I See You' before the middle of the first chapter, but I continued only because of the strength of Ms. Oliver's ability to write. Had she been a less proficient story teller I would have tossed this book aside after the first page. By the end of the 2nd chapter I had already stepped away from the story more than a dozen times thinking I couldn't finish it, but Ms Oliver's talent for writing continued to draw me back time and time again. I was already invested in the characters, especially Cassie and Haven. I spoke to some friends, explained my difficulties with the subject matter, stepped away another half dozen times and then sat down determined to finish this story. I had to know Cassie was saved, the evil bastard hurting her was punished, and that Haven had found some peace of her own. When I tell you the writing is strong, I mean this story is woven with heart, anger, fear, love, understanding, and every emotion you can possibly associate to writing.
This is a difficult subject matter to read. The atrocities perpetrated against children in real life are not what I want to sit down and read about for pleasure. Having said that, this is one of those books that you are truly missing something extraordinary by not reading. Exquisite story telling. Strong, well rounded, if not slightly damaged characters. Pure Evil. Love. Understanding. Finding your way out of the murk and ashes of destroyed trust and learning to love again. You will find it all between the covers of 'I See You'.
'I See You' is a complete novel. However, it does leave you hanging for that complete, lovey dovey HEA. I don't want to spoil it for other readers, so I will stop there. But I will tell you I cannot wait for sequel to "I See You". Ms. Oliver has a new fan. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat to see what she has for us next.
There are a few tiny editing errors, but they aren't anything that will rip you away from the story and have you shaking your head. All in all the editing was nearly as good as the writing.
I was asked to read 'I See You' in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
This book was not at all what I was expecting. Having read the synopsis, I expected more of a paranormal story here. It has some paranormal elements to it for sure, but it is more a story about human interests. I was blown away by this book. It is one of the best books I have read about sexual abuse and how it affects a person.
This was a story about a shifter who was abused as a child and went on a revenge spree against other sexual predators. It became a mission for her. When she becomes involved in one particular child's life, her world is turned upside down, and she begins to start to see things in a new light.
I really loved the depth that the writer provided to the character. The emotions and dialogue were so genuine. This book made me cry, made me angry, and made me hope.
"The aching pain that resides inside your heart, the way a simple word or phrase can stir it awake. How it eats away at your mind and tries to destroy your world with every bite. Memories so strong, you can close your eyes and relive every agonizing second as though it were happening again. The stalkers of your mind, thieves of your heart, and destroyers of your happiness...sometimes even your life. Those are the wounds I'm speaking of. We all have them, in one way or another. Nightmares from our past, heartaches from love, regrets for one reason or another."
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Haven, the main character, was really dark. She was a warrior with a heart that literally broke at the abuse she was forced to deal with, and was completely dedicated in her desire to rid the world of that evil one person at a time. It was incredibly hard to read her story and what she felt, as no one should ever have to go through that type of horror. For many, it breaks them, and they have a hard time living a whole life from there on out. They remain in pieces.
"You reminded me what it was like to want something other than revenge. You stirred a craving inside of me that I didn't think was possible. A dream I had given up on many years ago. You give me a reason to fight harder for the freedom that was stolen from me. You showed me what it feels like to...to want to trust again. To become a whole person instead of an empty shell of a being that hunts monsters who thrive on abuse. You give me a reason to breathe...a reason to want to be whole again." Haven pulled away from Bryce and looked him in the eyes, "You came along and proved to me that I'm still capable of falling in love. But, before I can offer you my torn and tattered heart, I have to finish what I originally set out to do. Then, and only then, can I honestly give you all the love I have...if you want it."
Bryce was a strong, alpha male with a huge heart. He was loyal and honorable. He was strong but gentle. He looked after those who couldn't look out for themselves. I immediately liked his character. I thought that Haven brought out some good in him, and he was able to get inside Haven's heart when few others have been able to.
I adored Cassidy. She was such a sweet girl, and the relationship she had with her uncle and brother was touching. I wanted to cuddle that little girl and take her home with me. She was a strong girl, though her abuser tried to keep her down, she was able to find some courage to stand up for herself. There was just something so special about her.
I did enjoy this book, and I would recommend it. I would have liked to see some better editing here, and a little more of the love story, but as this is part of a series, I imagine that there will be more in the next book. This is certainly a talented author, and I look forward to continuing on in this series.
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