Monday, August 3, 2020

Jess's Review ~ In the Garden of Discontent by Lily White

In the Garden of Discontent My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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This is one of the books that long after you have finished you still think about. There were those little pieces of their stories that you reanalyze to see if maybe you missed something. A mix between a harrowing past and a heart-pounding present our characters navigate this story. Ensley is a broken woman. Her past is made-up of nightmares and heartbreak. Her future is a place in which she is stuck. Stuck in time, watching the time slip away until she moves onto her next task. Until one day her carefully planned life is interrupted by the one person who shouldn’t be there.

Noah was the boy next door who tried everything he could to take away Ensley’s pain and sadness. He was going places but he wouldn’t go without Ensley, if only it were that simple. Unable to stand up for himself he finds himself spending over two decades in a place he should never have been and now he is back to get the answers he so desperately needs. But who needs them more, he or Ensley?

This book was tough, there was so much darkness and soul-breaking situations that I found myself searching for any glimmer of light. There were some, but not many. The book was like an intricate puzzle and while our two characters were searching for answers so was the reader. I found myself chopping at the bit to find out what happened that night, I needed answers, I needed to know who caused this madness. The answers didn’t all lie in their garden but somewhere in those secrets they at least found closure.

This was an experience for sure; dark, gritty, jaw-dropping and more.

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