I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Firstly, this was not a book I wanted to rush. Much of the book runs at a high level of emotional intensity. This is partly because Tess experiences life so intensely, thanks to her deeper sensitivity and incredibly strong empathy. As such, the reader is offered an insight into that rich, sharply-detailed world. I needed time to absorb that.
The scenes in which Tess experiences Sam’s art are exquisitely described; I wanted to linger there and soak up the feelings they evoked. The flow of energy and emotion between Tess and the men she loves is also very well-written. If we could see those flows as we interact with others, might we behave differently?
I very much liked the message of healing as a direct result of compassion and understanding - Tess’s ability to gently show someone the light within, the promise of a better future, was uplifting. Yet in utilising her deep empathy, she often placed herself at risk, drawing darkness and danger toward her.
In such a deep relationship, where so much of the communication is beyond ‘normal’, Tess and Sam had to seek a balance between openness and protection. How far should someone go to protect the person they love from the danger they sense lurking in the shadows? What if that leads to feelings of betrayal? If the line is crossed, is there any way back?
Liam and Javi were great in their support roles, and Walt was a character I liked and respected. I don’t feel I can say anything specific about Alex without revealing too much! Overall, an enjoyable and interesting read, one which I think will be memorable.