Distiller: Hikari Loftus
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
by KA Tucker
Atria Books (October 7, 2014)
Beaten within an inch of her life, and left for dead in the middle of nowhere, a young woman miraculously survives. But when she wakes up, she can’t remember anything that happened to her. Ever. She can’t even remember her own name.
With the help of the people that found her, “Jane Doe” gives herself a new name, and slowly begins to build a new life, hoping that some memory of her past will resurface. But even she will admit, based on the condition she was found in, she isn’t sure she wants to remember.
When the neighbor’s son, Jesse Welles, moves back home. No matter how indifferent he seems, or how much everyone warns her away from him, there is something about him that draws her in. She doesn’t realize that getting close to Jesse might be more dangerous than the rumors and gossip about his past are.
Told in alternating chapters between Jesse and the newly named Water Fitzgerald, and alternating between the past and present, this story had me contemplating: what makes me, me? If I were to wake up tomorrow with no memories of my life, would I like the same things? Would I be drawn to the same people? Would I make the same choices? What is it about my life now that fuels my decisions? (VERY interesting to think about.) .
This one definitely has some darker themes surrounding abuse, that were really terrifying. I kept considering the situation and things that stemmed from those events and wondered, when is it okay to do something normally considered to be wrong? Is wrong always wrong?
I’m not sure if this one was meant to be so deeply thought provoking, but for me it definitely was. Tucker is an excellent writer, and even though a story like this is outside of my norm, and even a little bit of my comfort zone, I couldn’t put it down until I knew how it ended.
This was engaging, page turning, heart breaking, nerve wracking, romantic, and thought-provoking. Very much looking forward to the rest of the books in this series to see how these stand alone stories intertwine. Tucker grabs you from the first page, and I found it impossible to stop until I knew how everything in this story ended.
Although Tucker's story lines are a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of themes, she's an excellent writer and story crafter. I can't help but be totally caught up in the mysteries and thriller scenes she writes. After reading a few of her books, I know that I can expect excellent writing and edgy, sexy themes from her every time.