Author: A.E Rought.
Expected publication: January 3rd 2013 by Strange Chemistry.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks.
”Promises are like hearts, easily broken.”
Emma recently lost her boyfriend and true love, Daniel. She is overwhelmed by sadness and she spends her days wandering on the graveyard – their special place. When she meets newcomer Alex, there is something familiar about him. He knows things about her he actually could not know and they have a certain chemistry. Their friendship develops into a dangerous relationship, because his father doesn’t want Alex together with Emma. And he will do anything to keep them separated.
I felt sorry for Emma. I can’t imagine how it must feel like to lose your boyfriend. Everybody expects her to move on and she finally starts to feel better when Alex comes into her life. He gives her the same feelings as Daniel. I like Emma’s personality. She stands up for herself, even when the girls at school are giving her a hard time.
“Pathetic?” I stalk up to them. “You wanna know what’s really pathetic? Your lives are so damn empty you have to fill them up with what’s happening in mine.”
Alex is lost and broken; in need of love. He died, but his father managed to revive him and that has huge consequences. Especially when he finds out how his father “created” him. This father figure is a terrible person! He is the perfect villain and he scared me.
The relationship between Emma and Alex went fast, but somehow it also made sense. I had troubles with the slow pace. The beginning is mostly about Emma’s grief and I understand that it’s hard for her, but it dragged. I wished that the action started earlier in the story, because that part was good and creepy.