I will start this with a warning, you are far better off having read or listened to Ten Tiny Breaths BEFORE you attempt this audiobook. I had not read the first book in the series, and while this is presented as a prequel, it does contain information and backstory that is far more understandable after reading the first book. This is Trent’s story, and in and of itself, a treatise and ‘learn by reading’ lesson about driving while impaired. For the story is simple, a designated driver decides to party anyway, and with some ‘reassurance’ from his friends is the only one left. And if being the lone survivor after your own stupid decision wasn’t enough, there is Kacey – broken beyond recognition because of his accident.
Tucker has managed to display Trent in all his forms: his happy go lucky college student, the depressed and guilt ridden young man who can’t seem to put a foot right, and the obsession he has with Kacey, even as she refuses to allow him the opportunity to apologize for his mistake. This is a gut-wrenching tale, full of what-if and how do I, and readers will find connections and elements that may have been nebulous in Ten Tiny Breaths come solid, and help to enhance the impact. But, it isn’t without issues: as Cole (his old persona) he is obsessional, stalking Kacey and her every move to the detriment of his own life. The self-destruction, while honestly portrayed, makes him more real yet more difficult to appreciate. Were it not for the knowledge gained after reading Ten Tiny Breaths, his story would have felt creepy, even with the brutally honest portrayal.
Narration in this book is provided by Sebastian York, and he does a marvelous presentation, with small emotional breaks in his narration to give the reader a true sense of the character’s difficulties with his own honesty, often even to himself. Told entirely in Trent/Cole’s point of view, this book is a wonderful adjunct to the series, and is a perfect example of what can happen with one simple bad decision.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: In Her Wake
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5
Also in this series: Five Ways to Fall
Narrator: Sebastian York
Published by: SimonandSchuster.com/Audio
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 53 minutes
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Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.