Book Review: Only Ever Her

Goodreads Summary:

It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.

Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts?

Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?

As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?

While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.

My Thoughts:

I really could not put this book down! I read it in two days, which in the past was no big deal, but these days is a sign that I am hooked, since that means I squeezed reading in whenever possible, possibly even at the expense of laundry or grocery shopping…

Anywhoo, I wanted to know what the heck happened to Annie! Did she just take off, like a runaway bride, or did something more sinister happen? Told from multiple points of view, we got to know the people closest to Annie well. Their good points, their flaws..but we never really got to know Annie. And I think that was purposeful, as I don’t think the people in Annie’s life knew her all that well either. She was that sort of character, you know? Where you think you know someone, but then maybe yo don’t, not deep down? That is Annie. And this book was full of secrets – secrets by the bucketful. Every time you turned a page there was a revelation it seemed by one character or another. I loved learning all these hidden secrets as they were revealed. It was like going to coffee with a good friend and getting all the dirt on something crazy!

The ending gave me mixed feelings, honestly. A few things happened, and while one was pretty much like holy moly I didn’t see that coming, another one was a bit disappointing.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow to unwind itself, but once it did get going, everything really started to become undone. Not as good as When We Were Worthy, but still a good read.

I received an advance copy from Little Bird Publicity and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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