Friday, August 16, 2019

Him by Clare Empson

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Orion Books | Hachette Book Group Canada
Genre: Thriller | Fiction
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website

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Big Little Lies meets 13 Reasons Why in this dark and suspenseful debut from a stunning new talent.
It all started with ... HIM.Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian.Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever.Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force.But they can't move on from what happened all those years ago. In fact, uncovering the truth will cause their lives to implode once again. This time, with disastrous consequences.

Wow! Just...Wow. I can't remember the last time a book has left me so completely speechless. The last time a book has left me in a puddle of emotion, struggling to gather myself and put it into words. Him by Clare Empson has taken me through a flurry of emotions. An unexpected dark tale of love that would make Shakespeare jealous!

Him tells the story of Catherine between past and present: 15 years ago, 4 months ago and now. Told both by Catherine and Lucian, we quickly get swept and tangled up inside the web of their lives, their passionate love affair, and the series of events that lead them to the present. Catherine and Lucian will embed themselves in your heart. They are sweet and tragic characters. The secondary character cast is just as outstanding. They bleed wealth, scandal and glamour, in almost a Great Gatsby-esque form.

What makes Him the stunning masterpiece that it is, is the brilliant writing style. It's so intelligently written. The author crafted an absolutely perfect plot with characters that will make your heart swell. It was a deliciously heartbreaking reading experience. 

This story took me by complete surprise. I had no idea how invested I would get with these characters and their stories. A gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking tale of love. 
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