Today I have a debut author’s offering, Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt. Read on for my review, and be sure to check out the blog tour that Stina is sponsoring in conjunction with her release, here. Focusing on a main plot point of her story, stalking, she is asking bloggers to spread the word: she will donate a sum to her local woman’s shelter for each blog that participates….
First person point of view narration highlights the character of Amber, university freshman with a laundry list of issues: cranky roommate, nightmares, failing maths and failing to disappear into the woodwork and pass unnoticed through life, especially when that brings her notice from men or questions about her past. Instantly her character is engaging and requires the reader to move on: why is she so scared, what is she afraid of?
Alternating with the first person point of view we meet Marcus: good looking, bad boy who also has something to hide. Curious about Amber, who has only shot him down or ignore him each time they encounter one another, the story seems to travel along separate rocky paths, meeting but diverging quickly without progressing forward.
Tentatively the two start to interact, both concerned with the ‘motives’ of the other, and worried that their own issues will halt their progress: it almost does until they start to slowly reveal tiny pieces of their story to readers and one another. Tragic yet all too plausible, these two damaged people slowly work to gain trust in one another, and learn to move forward, still battered, but not wholly broken.
There is a solid grounding in the issues and aftermath that these two characters present: realistic damage from traumatic events isn’t exactly the same in every situation, and Lindenblatt manages to display variances in reactions and behaviors that are all just serving as coping mechanisms to hide the inner torment. Adding in fresh torment was masterfully woven into the tension for the plot, and kept everyone off balance, increasing the tension as the search for answers wore on.
This book manages to encompass all that is good in the NA genre: characters on the edge of adulthood, finding their way and learning new methods of interacting and functioning in a world that has left them battered and wary. Their growth, both personal and as a couple is easy to see and understand, as are their issues as they work to find new healing and better ways to live their lives. Stina Lindenblatt has created an engaging must read for the genre, opening readers to the power of hope.
Title: Tell Me When
Author: Stina Lindenblatt
Published by: Carina Press
Source: Corvisiero Literary Agency
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Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.
She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.
But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.
When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.
A copy of this title was provided via Corvisiero Literary Agency for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
“January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. In the past ten years, we have witnessed increased awareness of stalking and enhanced responses to stalking across the country. Laws have been strengthened, tens of thousands of professionals trained on responding to stalking, and services for victims of stalking have been expanded. Yet, the fact that 6.6 million adults are stalked in the United States in one year demonstrates that we still have so much more to do.
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to continue our partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in observing National Stalking Awareness Month 2014. We have a wealth of resources to share with you. You can take our interactive quiz; download our videos, fact sheets, guides, posters, artwork for buttons and magnets, events ideas, and media tools to build your knowledge; and start planning your outreach for National Stalking Awareness Month.”
Please visit the Stalking Awareness Center’s page – Know It – Name It- Stop It.