We all see what we want to see…
2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.
1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.
A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
This was one of those stories where I almost abandoned reading it, but it started to get a little interesting as I plugged along, so I’m glad I managed to finish it.
When Holly began as a freshman at Oxford University it was an honor for her to get in and she was eager to begin her studies and start her new life. However, she wasn’t the type to make friends easily partly because she was sort of awkward and a bit naïve. She ends up meeting an eclectic group of students who were carefree and extremely adventurous—more so than Holly was.
Holly ends up secretly falling in love with James who was a hunky type of guy, in her eyes, but the problem was he had a girlfriend, Julianne. Although Julianne sort of had a feeling that Holly was enamored with her man, she didn’t feel threatened at all because Holly was just a plain jane, so there was nothing she had to worry about. Or, was there?
As the reader continues to venture through the story, you will begin to see a much larger picture come into view and it will be startling to you, as well as the characters who discover that what they thought they knew about each other, isn’t quite what they know at all.
Unfortunately, this story didn’t start to heat up until about 70 percent. That’s almost the end, if you’re doing the math. I found the story to be quite boring and full of words and detail that wasn’t necessary to tell the story. So many times I started to give a DNF, but the writer in me and the fact that I’m nosey when it comes to reading, I just had to figure out what the hell was going on in this story? The problem I found is that the story is a bit confusing at first because I could not figure out what the past and the present had to do with anything? I knew there had to be some type of connection because why else write the story, but it appeared to take entirely too long to get to where the reader needed to go. This is when I began skipping over sections, and then realized I had to go back because I skipped sections I really needed to know.
At the end of the day, I struggled to get through it and I was saddened by that because once the story heated up, I absolutely loved where the author took me. It’s just too bad he couldn’t have found a way to get the reader there quicker. However, this is my opinion and may not be the opinion of other readers. This is not a bad story—in fact, it’s downright interesting once you figure out what is really happening. I just wish I could have gotten there so much sooner.