“If you’re not a little bit afraid, you’re not doing something right.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review and inviting me to be part of this blog tour!
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
I can’t recall ever reading an adoption story with a suspenseful twist, and it was such a nice change of pace from the normal contemporary/fantasy books I’ve been reading lately! This is going to be another one of those reviews that I’m going to keep on the shorter side because I don’t want to spoil anything and it’s definitely one of those books where the less you know the better it is.
In Another Life follows Chloe Holden, starting her senior year at a brand new school after a recent and nasty divorce between her parents. Her mother just recently beat cancer but is battling heavily with depression as her father starts a new life with another woman. Chloe is hurt, angry, and quite honestly the head of the household as she cares for her mother. For this alone, I loved Chloe, flaws and all. From the second we are introduced to her I was able to sympathize so heavily for her over what a nasty divorce (especially when your a teen and understand what is happening) can do to you. And as if Chloe didn’t have enough on her plate already, Chloe finds out from the mysterious (and really good looking) boy in school that she may have been kipnapped. Talk about A LOT going on for the poor girl.
This story is definitely one that will evoke a lot of emotions from you as you dive into Chloe’s past knowing it will alter her future forever. I found that this had just the right amount of romance, coming of age, mystery, and thriller elements to it. It’s pretty easy to become invested in the story and continuously be on the edge of your seat all the way until the very end. Even once Chloe’s past was dug up I still found myself flying through the story for a glimpse at what Chloe’s future would look like.
Funny how fast your own past starts feeling like it belongs to someone else.
I always used to think if I could figure out who my real parents were that I might…be able to figure out who I am. Now, it kind of feels like…that by discovering who I would’ve been in another, I’ll lose part of the person I am.
All in all, I’m definitely glad I gave this book a try. There’s not many mysterious adoption stories I’ve read so this was definitely interesting to me. I do believe that this will be more of a hit with teens in the YA community rather than adults reading YA, but either way I still found it to be a nice change up from the books I normally read!
Until next time,