Review: Credence

Monday, 20 January 2020

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That had to be the fastest I've ever read a book, I simply couldn't put it down. Right from the first page, having not read the synopsis (it's not something I do), I knew this story was going to be something special and boy was it.

The characters didn't just talk to me in this book, they screamed out their story. Yes, it's a forbidden romance and yes, my sensibilities were screaming that this is just wrong, but somehow, all the wrongs just made one huge right!

From start to finish I was captivated and wondering just how the story was going to play out. With a 17-year-old who had recently lost her parents moving to her step-uncle's house to live with him and his 2 sons in the mountains which became totally cut off during the winter, you couldn't help but wonder just what would play out in those dark, cold, lonely days but jeez, I didn't see that coming.

But despite the erotic nature of this book, there were also some serious and moving messages. Tiernan may have taken an unusual route to understand her upbringing but when she got there it was a really poignant moment. Kaleb's story was also incredibly emotional and you just wanted to reach out and hug him, despite him being an ass for most of the story. Noah seemed to be the only unaffected person in the story but that also left him lonely and looking for something more. Jake, ahem, the "uncle" was a bit trickier to understand but he too found solace from his time with Tiernan, in a bit of an unusual fashion.

The story was extremely erotic at times and as I said emotional at others. You almost felt like you were climbing a mountain without ropes and safety gear and when you reached the top, you had no option but to freefall towards the story's conclusion all the whilst hoping that Tiernan and everyone else found happiness from their past, future and present selves.

This will be definitely a book to read again, in part to savour the complexity of the characters more slowly but also to treat myself once again to an extremely well thought out and written book.

This will be hard to beat as a top book of 2020 and it's only January. The pressure is on authors!!!

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