Book Review: HIM by Clare Empson

HIM by Clare Empson

51yBq6S067L._AC_US218_My Rating: 💙💙 (It was OK)

Format: Advance Digital Review Copy

Publisher: Orion

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from NetGalley):

You’re stuck there, aren’t you? Right at the end. And I wonder if it might help to go back to the beginning, to put everything in some kind of order.’

Catherine has witnessed something so traumatic that she can’t speak. Or won’t speak.The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past.

Catherine needs to start with HIM .

Fifteen years ago she met Lucian at university and fell into a passionate love affair. They were meant to be together forever. But something happened. Something that destroyed them.

Catherine married someone else. Had two children. She moved on – or so she thought. Now Lucian is back, showing her how different life could have been.

But going back to the beginning won’t change the ending.
In fact, it might be the thing that finally breaks her…


My Review

This book me just over 6 days to finish, and it left me with mixed feelings. This was a new author for me and I started reading this book with an open mind and by end I thought it was an ok read and here are the reasons.

Firstly, this is another book where in each chapter the story jumps to past and present. I don’t know why but recently I have found that a majority of the books that I’m reading are like this and particularly like books written like this, as I get tend to get confused as to what is happening when, and this book was no different in that sense. Also, when it goes back into the past the story is told from the point of different characters which can get a little confusing.

the plot for me was a little slow in places and therefore felt that I had to work harder to finish the book.  I also struggled in liking and getting to know the characters.

On a positive note I did think that the storyline is original and there were some interesting parts. Also, for some unknown reason, which I still can’t work out, even while I am writing this review I just wanted to keep reading to the end.

This book has been categorised as mystery/thriller but after reading it I think it’s more of a Romance that covers topics of love, loss, and betrayal.

I do recommend definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoy reading romancey types of books, and if you’re not I still think you should give it ago as you might enjoy it much more than I did.

I would also like to thank NetGalley and Orion for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Has anyone else read this book? what did you think of it? leave a reply below, love to read your thoughts on the book too.



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