First of all, I’ll try my best to not give MUCH of the plot away since this book has a bit of a suspense/thriller vibe going for it.
See Through Me by Sera bright left me with mixed feelings. I must admit though that it was a book that I DEVOURED in one sitting. Straight. No Breaks. It was just THAT engrossing. However, the whole book felt like one giant build up shooting for an explosive climax and then missing the target.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
There's only one person Katie Flynn wants to see when she returns home. But she knows he won't be waiting for her. It's the reason she feels safe enough to finally come back.
Ash Townsend isn't the same quiet boy from next door. He's tall, dark and demanding answers. He wants her, but he doesn't trust her. Who can blame him? When his own family tried to break him down, he still sheltered her in a town full of liars. And she repaid it by leaving him behind without a word.
Because she'll do anything to protect him. She has the scars on her wrist to prove it.
Contains strong language, explicit sexual situations, and mature themes. This novel is not intended for readers under the age of 18. First in a 2-part series.
Okay, a part of me is happy that Sera Bright did not choose to end it like MANY other authors would have (tragic car accident + death) but another part of me is not satisfied with the ending (I'm hoping against all hope that this is NOT the end, though.) I mean, it could have done better with a little more kaboom (maybe not literally). The story would have been better if it ended with a bang instead of a fizzle and a pop.
I can't help but feel that there's A LOT of loose ends that need tying up. I understand that this is the first in the series and I am seriously hoping that there's some sort of resolution to Katie and Ash's dilemma. I mean, there's got to be more than this to it. It's actually kind of frustrating for me at the end because I was expecting for something BIG to happen. The ending found in the published editions of the book is the extended version. I appreciated the fact that the author considered early feedback about the book and her effort to make tie it up more nicely. However, I still feel like there’s a big chunk missing. The last chapter is now like one giant ellipsis. It doesn’t explain anything or provide some sort of resolution (I can understand why, though) but it now shows a much clearer premise of the next book. I guess the main improvement from the original ending is that the book now ends on a legit cliffhanger with a promise of something more to look forward to instead of ending abruptly.
May I just say that one of the characters scared the living shit out of me. S/he is a freaking sociopath (and in the spirit of keeping the suspense intact, I'm not telling you whether it's a boy or a girl because that would give too much away). Anyway, that character was one hell of an antagonist. One fact about it that I love is that as you're reading through the book, you don't have the certainty on who's behind everything. It could have been anybody and no one would be the wiser. If this were a movie, I would have been rooted to my seat because I honestly had no clue who the real bad guys were.
I just loved how each character was a character all on their own. This, like, it says in the synopsis, is definitely Katie's story. Katie owned SEE THROUGH ME. Just by reading SEE THROUGH ME, it's evident the story isn't complete. I don't just mean that there are loose ends left to tie, I also mean that I'm dying to know what Ash thought and felt during the events of this book. I don’t if it’s just because I’ve been reading a lot of multiple POV books lately but See Through Me felt a bit one sided. I didn’t see much into the other characters and I would have loved to see a richer backstory for Ash.
So, generally, See Through Me is one hell of a book and I’m definitely gonna be looking out for the next books in this series. Even now, the suspense is killing me.