by Meg Collett
Kyra Aberdeen is a YouTube sensation. Her bubbling personality and fresh beauty capture her audience each week, but they don’t know the truth-she’s just faking it. Beneath the surface of light-hearted smiles is a simmering darkness threatening to pull Kyra under. When Kyra moves to Canaan Island and buys her deceased mother’s childhood home, she hopes to confront the lurking shadows haunting her every step.
But when she meets her grumpy contractor, even her best-laid plans start to unravel. Hale Cooper is as brutally honest as he is intriguing. He hates fakers, and isn’t afraid to call Kyra on her false personality. Yet, she is drawn to him, and the unexpected attraction to a man who challenges her to be her true self lands her in unchartered waters. But if she lowers her guard and allows herself to be honest with Hale, will the darkness creep in too?
Two brothers who are magnets for trouble. Two neighbors with contrasting attitudes. Four broken souls. One house to connect them all.
YouTuber and surfer Kyra Aberdeen moves to Canaan after purchasing her dream house. Bent on staying in this island on a dilapidated house with nosy new neighbors, Kyra makes sure she’ll get into everyone’s good graces, even if she has to plaster a smile on her face. Yet underneath those flashy smiles and sunny disposition, lies a damaged specimen; bloody, broken, unloved.
From the first day he laid eyes on the Aberdeen house, Hale Cooper scowls and turns his music so loud, the whole of Canaan can hear it. His brother Cade stutters when he sees Kyra’s next door neighbor Stevie Reynolds, but she’s too drunk to see him clearly.
Kyra and her past haunts her more than her house. Hale easily explodes like a bomb. Cade isn’t brave enough to face his fears. Stevie drinks to forget the mess she’s in.
Among the four, Kyra and Hale left me emotionally charged. Kyra can be annoying sometimes, but I love that she stands up for what she believes in. Hale, on the other hand, can be gentle when he wants to, but really hates it when he detects fakers. Can Kyra maintain her facade and pretend nothing bothered her?
This story offers a lot more than it lets on. Bullying, speech defects, alcoholism, renegade parents, extreme depression, mental health, cutting issues. Those are just few of the things that had me consuming a roll of tissues and ended with swollen red eyes. I couldn’t help but curse Florence, the Aberdeen matriarch who (in my opinion) is the root of all evil. Sorry but I really hate that old witch. She’s vile and merciless, not only to her own granddaughter, but to the whole town. I have never felt such hatred on a character this much since Voldemort. Ugh!
Meg Collett is full of surprises. She impressed me a lot with her previous paranormal/fantasy bestsellers, and now this. She’s one of the few authors I really admire and look up to. I hope she doesn’t get tired writing stories and creating interesting characters.