Oh my God, feelings!
This book contains the sad but concomitantly beautiful journey to make peace with letting a loved one go. It's not easy especially for North who has a very special connection to her soul sister Kelly. I loved getting to know them, to uncover each layer of their personalities, their relationship and the happenings which made them to the persons they have grown into. It's not that often to have characters created in so much detail and depth, so chapeau.
The story itself is, therefore, pretty much focused on the characters themselves, their development. If you are a more plot-focused reader, this might not be suited for you. I like to read both, so everything was more than fine for me. Well, almost at least. At the end of the book, I think I would have liked some, I don't know, resistance, perhaps, better. The story just tapers off. On the other side, North had to suffer a lot, so I am glad she gets some space to breath again.
Another thing I appreciated is how the author makes the reader doubt and speculate what has happened to Kelly. Has she been killed like North believes, or has she committed suicide like the police claims? With North seeing things, namely dead people, or receiving messages no one else can see, answering this question is very difficult but all the more exciting.
So, if you like more character-based stories, a lot of emotion, strange and mysterious happenings to puzzle over and to speculate about what has happened to Kelly, then you will love this book.
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Oh my God, feelings!
Wow, almost cried there. That's a hard feet to achieve with me, so very well done.
"Last Witness" can be devided into two parts, each leading to an individual showdown. The first comtains what's already promised to happen: Amanda going undercover. I was very excited about that one from the very start, computer nerd crawling out of her secure heaven, interesting. And it sure was. Her meetings with McAllister have been an experience of their own, with him behaving far differently than formerly expected. Villain or no villain? I seriously had doubts about that at this point. And then there were the little bits and pieces that made me question if he might know about who Amanda really was. For all intents and purposes he should have but I wasn't sure until about the end of half of the story.
The second part of the book portrays more the emotional stuff, goes deeper into the minds of the characters, shows Amanda how she is caught between mourning Will, feelings for Shane and her fight for safety for little Ewan (who is sooo cute by the way). The whole situation is very difficult for all of them, being so far out of their comfort zones: Shane, as a cop, is helping Amanda comitting crime after crime, and Amanda has to exchange the online world for brutal real life. It's all written in such a believable way that I was biting my nales for those two, hoping against all odds that there would be some way for them to get out of this mess unscathed and happy, preferably happy together of course.
Shane I pitied pretty often. The man loves Amanda unconditionally, he would do anything for her. Sometimes I've had the impression that she is taking that for granted, just waiting for him to have enough of her constantly mentioning Will, how she misses him, doing all this stuff in order to avenge him and provide a safer life for his son. But, admiringly, he's staying with her, supporting her, even though one can see how difficult it is for him to let her do all these life-threatening things. Somehow, I could never really blame her for it. She's been through a lot, lost two very important men in her life, so I can understand her need to hold onto and fight for the loved ones still alive.
There are many flashbacks to be found in this book, especially towards the end of it, making what's happening there even more exciting with the interruptions. I liked how they provided a deeper inside into the characters and their relationships with each other and how they came up in similar situations, making them fit perfectly into what's happening at the time, helping to understand why Amanda is reacting the way she is.
Not every mystery is solved, but that's okay. It leaves something to puzzle over, and who knows, perhaps these things will be picked up in a sequel? I wouldn't mind.
I remember being not so happy with how I was left after "Wrong Number". It felt like the story had just really started then. But I must say, I'm very glad about it now because it has laid the foundation to this amazing emotional sequel which has drawn me in completely. Do read it, it's more than worth it.
Hey, what happened? I want to read on but there are no pages left. That is pretty sad because I was so wrapped up in the story and then it suddenly ends when I just thought that now it really starts, we’re one step away from meeting the villain. I was so glad to see that there is going to be a sequel to this story because the abrupt ending disappointed me quite a bit.
The strong parts about this book clearly are the characters and the relationships, especially Amanda, her ex-boyfriend and cop Shane and Will, her husband. These three suck you into their little love triangle. The story is told from Amandas point of view so you get to know her the best. I really liked her quite a lot. She is not the out-going type, likes it far better to cuddle up at home with her laptop, design websites for companies and secretly lose herself in the shadier parts of the darknet. But somehow you still don’t get the feeling that she is overtly nerdy or something. Losing her dad in her early teens had quite an impact on her and her later relationships. She has to overcome the the notion of projecting the perfect image of her hero-daddy on Shane and later Will. Most of the development of her character is based on that and it is pretty well done.
The mystery of Will’s disappearence and the strange call Amanda received before that actually happened are two puzzles that are slowly pieced together. In the beginning the pace of it is a bit too slow for my taste. But as the story continues it tightens more and more because the danger, Amanda has inadvertently put herself in by taking the search for her husband into her own hands, becomes more prominent. You can practically feel it through the pages and expect someone lurking behind every corner, ready to jump out on her. That’s pretty impressive to create this kind of atmosphere.
The means Amanda uses to look for Will are very interesting. The darknet is a place I’ve only heard from in the media, mostly in the context of weapons being illegally sold and purchased. Amanda is using it to hack into cameras, something that seems pretty easy for her to do, which in itself is quite shocking but turns out to be very effective, too. And then there is Shane who is acting against a lot of rules he normally would obey to as a cop and just for her. It deeply touches Amanda and brings them closer again. I liked their light-hearted banter a lot, just as much as the moments when they reached touchy topics that revealed so much about their history together. Pretty intense, the whole situation, searching for your husband with your ex by your side.
All in all one can say that I liked this story. Amanda, Shane and Will and the relationships they share are carved out very well. The investigation of Will’s sudden absence is presented in a novel way that I found quite interesting. If the end hadn’t been that abrupt and had I gotten into the story faster, then the book would have received the full 5 stars. Now it’s getting a still good 4.
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