Book Name : One Last Wish
Author : Nicole Belanger
Publisher : Wavecloud Corporation
Number of Pages : 236
Publishing Date : October 5,2015
Binding : Paperback
Rating : 4.0
Time is never on our side. It’s always selfishly working against us. When Sarah went missing, time slipped by with the blink of an eye, and the faster it passed, the faster I lost hope. Hope that she’d still be alive. Hope that she would come home safely. And it wasn’t until Officer Reed Parker knocked on my door that I thought it was finally over. But it’ll never be over. They found her body. She’s dead. But who took her? Who killed her? Was it the same set of eyes that stalked me in the night, lurking behind corners, between cars, and waiting? For what? To take me, next? When the people I love most start slipping away from me, fingers start pointing in different directions and I wonder who I can truly trust. That’s the thing about time, it’s infinite, but eventually you run out of it.
One last wish is the story of Brooke Ryder. Her life topple over when her little daughter Sarah goes missing. She, along with her grandmother, holds on to the hope of finding Sarah safe and sound, till officer Reed Parker comes to inform her Sarah is no more. The next moment she finds herself as one of the suspects, in the name of procedure. She tries to find solace in the drinks she gets from the bar. Even the grieving session with her grandmother could not help her. At the verge of losing herself, she meets Sean Crawford, who holds her hand and helps her swim away from the sinking ship. Sarah’s father Mike (Michael Gerard) returns to Brooke’s life after Sarah’s demise. But Brooke is not ready to accept someone who deserted her when he knew that she was pregnant. Brooke is happy with Sean, but for the feeling that someone is stalking her. Brooke, along with Sean, decides to find the culprit.
Nevertheless, happiness is never permanent in Brooke’s life. First, she lost her mother when she was a sixteen. Then she lost her boyfriend when she was eighteen. Then she lost her daughter when she was twenty-five. Brooke is not ready to face another disaster in her life but she never knew that the tornadoes in her life had just begun. The rest is reserved for the book.
Brooke Ryder: The protagonist. Twenty-five year old girl who lives with her grandmother and daughter.
Sean Crawford: A bartender who walks into Brooke’s life when her hopes started fading.
Michael Herard: Brooke’s ex-boyfriend who left her when she got pregnant with his child.
Reed Parker: The police officer investigating Sarah’s murder.
Nana: Brooke’s grandmother
Sarah: Brooke’s daughter who is present all over the story even if she is not there.
“Everyone makes mistakes,” she says, “but we have to learn from them. We have to find the hidden message we’ve been given from it. Sometimes we find that message; other times we don’t.”
The authoress has done justice to the characters. The plot is a close-knit one without any lose ends. The pain Brooke felt on losing her daughter is portrayed with utmost conviction. The relations of Brooke with Nana, Sean, Mike and Reed have been portrayed in a crisp and sharp manner. Authoress has tried to maintain the mystery element and succeeded in the same. The language and literary style is simple but professional. Brooke as a mother, granddaughter, and lover is perfectly portrayed. Authoress take us smoothly to a ride through Brooke’s life and forces us to keep reading. Unlike most of the indie author books, this book had practically no grammar mistakes or typos, which impressed me the most.
Sometimes, when a killer goes free, they hang around the grave of the person they killed.
At some points, the relation between Sean and Brooke seem to be dragged too much at the wrong timing. After reading one fourth of the story, I could guess the mystery but that might be because I have been reading a lot of thrillers lately. The grieving sessions seem to be misplaced. It could have been avoided or elaborated a little more.
An emotional and romantic thriller
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