Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.
Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.
Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.
How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter, and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: domestic violence (on the page) and mention of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.
How to Save a Life by Emma Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All I can say is... WOW. Just wow. HtSaL left me with a serious book hangover. I immediately missed the characters, and wanted to re-read it all over again. I was not the least bit ready to part ways with Jo and Evan. I wish I would've dragged it out a big longer, but I was way too into it to take my time.
Emma delivers a truly unique story that is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Her writing is absolutely flawless, and she does an incredible job bringing the characters to life and making you feel like you're a part of their world. You'll experience all the highs and lows as if they were your own. There are enough twists in the story to keep you completely captivated, and on the edge of your seat.
I'm a huge fan of the paranormal genre, so I was instantly intrigued that this one was described as having "shades of the paranormal". So what exactly does that mean?? I can tell you there are no vampires, werewolves, witches or anything like that. Instead HtSaL dances around the edge of incredibly accurate, and unexplainable intuition. Does that make any sense?? You really have to read it for yourself to see what I mean.
HtSaL is a second-chance, standalone romance with NO cliffhanger. You get a complete story from beginning to end. I highly recommend it!
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.