***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He’s desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother’s funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.
His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.
Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.
Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. In the spirit of The Magus (John Fowles, 1966), and way beyond Fifty Shades of Gray (E.L. James, 2011), the story chronicles intricately woven characters that linger long after the read, and fraught with frailties that possess us all. It is a tale of redemption—the evolution of a modern man from solipsist to integrated awareness, and the journey that inadvertently awakens his capacity to love.
I loved this 3 part book. Each section was labelled as a different book where chapter numbers started over. My favorite lines: 1) I feel Elisabeth fixed on me. “James, I’m not your judge,” she says softly. “You are.” 2) “James, did you honestly expect to walk away and sever all ties to your family? If you did, I’m afraid you were sadly mistaken.” 3) Elisabeth has no desire to find out the truth. The guessing game is entertaining. 4) The world is my oyster, though there is no joy in this cliche.
The story was written in James’s first person point-of-view, and other characters’ third person-point-of-views. James had lost his mom and step-dad, who he was very close to, when he was younger. They had died in a plane crash. He was forced to move in with his estranged dad and bully half-brother Ian. When James was old enough, he left the rich estate to move to America where he became a rich musician. When Ian passed away, James attended the funeral.
- Elisabeth had a son with her husband Jack. Her parents didn’t approve of her moving from America to Israel. In a terrorist bombing, her husband died, leaving her to raise their son all alone. She’s rich but has no where to turn to. She decided to take the first flight out of the dangerous country and settled for Greece.
My favorite novels are drama-filled. I loved the intensity of everything involving the characters. Their backstories were so sad that I couldn’t help but root for them to have a happy ending. The conflict, tension between James and his dad plus other characters felt very real to me as a reader. The author had a brilliant talent with dialogue. All the accusations, deep talks, revelations, arguments were entertaining. It was cool the way Elisabeth and James pushed each other to be the best they could be. No more settling nor running away from problems. And the little boy Cameron was adorable. I liked that the adults respected him and actually listened to what he said, instead of just having him there as a background character.
I also love mysteries. This novel was a fast read for me because I wanted answers to: What was devastating that happened to James? Did his dad really set him up to go to jail? All the twists and turns blew my mind. And I never saw it coming what happened to James. Without spoiling it, I’d just like to say the reason was edgy to me. Out of all the books I’ve read, no one has ever touched on this topic, regarding men being violated. I liked that the author went there because it made me really care for James. I wanted to give him a hug.
My favorite scenes: 1) when Elisabeth asks James to take her to the hospital for Cameron’s fever on the island 2) when James goes back to the states to ask Steve (his manager) for money. His ex-girlfriend Julia was there to his surprise. (this scene was pretty intense) 3) whenever James and his dad had discussions, especially their last one 4) James bonding with Elisabeth and Cameron on the island as well as battling his inner demons
As you can probably tell, James was my favorite character. Maybe because the first section focused heavily on him. The story began on a very interesting note–a flashback of how rotten Ian treated James when they were kids. I thought either his older brother was jealous or a sociopath. I also really enjoyed Elisabeth. I liked that she was a strong, female character who was falling for James but still respecting the love for her deceased husband.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.