Friday, September 6, 2013
Dying to Forget
By: Trish Marie Dawson
Kindle: 216 pages
Publisher: Trish Marie Dawson (August 3, 2012)
Rating: 4 stars
What Goodreads has to say: With trembling fingers, I reach up and touch the hard and chiseled contours of his chest while Ryan's large and strong hands roam over my entire body, feeling and squeezing everything. I've never been touched like this before and my insides are starting to freak out.
"I want you, Piper," he murmurs into my neck.
My mouth drops open in surprise and even though my brain seems to be telling me to jump and run out of the room, I’m unable to move, stuck firmly to the same place on the mattress. With my nerves on high alert, I glance at the door repeatedly, sure that someone will come bursting through it at any second but the steady thumping of the music downstairs reminds me that no one can hear what is happening in this room. No one cares that Ryan Burke took me, of all people, into a bedroom. That realization hits me suddenly. Oh. My. God. What am I doing here?"
Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation but she doesn’t make it to Heaven or Hell…instead she finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of some outside assistance, or move on and spend an eternity lost in her own sorrow and pain.
Does Piper have what it takes to save a life - to be the nagging voice inside someone else’s head - or will she fail and end up lost and tormented in limbo...forever?
My Review: I found this book to have a rather interesting premise. I know that many books have approached the subject of suicide, however, I felt that this one took it in a new direction that really drew me into the book. I was drawn in by the idea that Piper's journey does not end in her dying and going to heaven or hell but rather starts with her arriving at the station and being given a choice. The characters in the story feel real and the author does a fine job of giving them all qualities that help the reader to find a reason to care about what happens to them throughout the story. That is so important in a story, for me, the fastest way to get me to lose interest in a book is to provide characters that have nothing about them that keeps me interested in them as characters. I need to be invested in the characters to want to continue reading and with this story I was hooked all the way till the end. The story does deal with some graphic and serious matters and that should be taken into consideration when deciding the appropriate age range for this book, having said that I really do feel that this book has a unique take on things as well as takes something as confusing as suicide and shows it in a light that makes it easier to understand. I am excited to continue on to the next book in the series and would certainly recommend anyone and everyone check out this first book in the series.
About the Author:
I was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where I live now with my family and pets. I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, I began my first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When I’m not writing, I am homeschooling my amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever I can get my hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, I hold a special place in my heart for animal rights and dash into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from our mini-lab/aussie shepherd/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.
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