I was drawn straight in with the prologue, I could feel Kaitlyn's distress, her heartbreak. I wasn't so much shown this as the talented author made me truly feel it inside by her beautiful and delicate words.
Chapter One opens a bit more upbeat, going back in time 16 years. I took a liking immediately to Kaitlyn. She's relatable. She's someone I would be friends with. She's real, interesting. I love how she's socially awkward but still fun. She reminds me of those people in life who are absolute gems but you just have to crack through some of the barriers.
She makes some mistakes but she's only human after all. I could tell instantly Chris was going to be a good guy and I found myself wondering if he would be who she would end up with. Who was the guy in the prologue? I loved that I had to keep guessing. I had a vague idea but wasn't certain, so I basically devoured the book trying to find out, well, that and I loved it so much I couldn't put it down.
There is a Fifty Shades edge to this book, only much more cleverly written and with a story of substance woven within. Every character was well developed, the plot was plump and juicy with plenty to chomp on.
I love this author's writing. It's engaging, fresh and really spoke to me. Everything is so wonderfully vivid that I felt like I was right there, in the story. This book definitely took it's toll on me emotionally, but I love that in a book and I think it shows the talent of the author when I find myself literally spent. I felt Kaitlyn's frustrations, her loneliness, her heartbreak, her desire and her imprisonment within parts of her life.
I don't want to give too much away but I did think David was going to be a villain and was pleasantly surprised to find he actually held admirable qualities in the end in the way he knows what both he and Kaitlyn need and by his ongoing concern for her wellbeing. There is a twist too which had me shouting out loud and I may have done a jog around the house to try and dispense some of my pent-up emotions.
There are so many beautiful passages in this book. Words that I clung to, words that sang to me. I would quote them, but I want you to discover them for yourself because you certainly won't regret it.
I like books that make me a wreck, books that stay with me long after I've read the last words.
Kristen Darling, you have ruined me! (In the best way possible of course). A definite 5 stars, I highly recommend The Ghost of You.
*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The fact I loved it as much as I did is 100% a reflection on this author's incredible work.
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