Author: Jessica Koch
Title: So Near the Horizon
Genre(s): Romance; Contemporary fiction
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*I am accompanying this review with a trigger warning as it contains highly explicit material that is suitable for mature audiences only.
Review: This novel was such an incredibly challenging read, but in the best way possible. It made me feel frustrated, happy, fearful, and devastated. All feelings which I did not think I could feel from reading just one book. Each character was beautifully portrayed in a unique and authentic manner that made them stand out, despite their connections to one another. This novel is based on a true story and I think that helped immensely with the character creation and development, as well as the painful scenarios they encountered that make us all human. I found this story to be heart-wrenching, but also relatable. As much as I enjoy reading stories that take me away from my own human suffering, I found So Near the Horizon to be incredibly refreshing as it reminded me that no matter how much we think escape is necessary to survive, confronting our difficulties head on is what makes us stronger and helps to build our individuality. I would definitely say that if you are sensitive to tragic events (e.g., rape) or suicidality, then I would not recommend this book to you just as a precaution because it does contain trigger situations. However, if you are looking for a novel that is exceptionally written and will evoke every emotional response that you have, then I highly suggest giving this a shot.
Book Description: "From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding. Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past. Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…"
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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