Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale (audio)

Title: All the Breaking Waves
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
Narrator: Dara Rosenberg
Published: December 2016, Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes
Source: Publisher 

From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed Kerry Lonsdale's debut novel, Everything We Keep, and so I knew I wanted to read more by her. Of course I jumped when I saw her new book, All the Breaking Waves. This stand-alone book is so different from Kerry's previous book, showing just how talented a writer Kerry truly is.

What I loved about this book, what I found to be so intriguing is an aspect that I don't generally gravitate towards in my reading preferences - but I found Kerry handled so well and tied it into the overall story line just right. This aspect I'm talking about is the element of paranormal that Kerry introduces. It wasn't overly used and doesn't take over at any point - it just gives the story that little something extra that kept me entranced and captivated. 

I loved the characters that Kerry has created for this story - they are so well-developed and real. The women we meet are strong but have a lot of things from their past that seem to be holding them back. There is a strong sense of just how strong the family bond unit can be throughout this book, as well as how strong fear can be in haunting one and keeping certain memories at bay.

This book has a little bit of everything to keep you interested - suspense, mystery, romance, drama, and magical realism. It all combines nicely into a story that keeps you on your toes, with some twists that you most likely will not see coming! Kerry Lonsdale is definitely not an author to miss!

Audio thoughts: I've listened to Dara Rosenberg before and so I knew I was in for a treat when I saw she was narrating this one. She did a great job with the voices of the characters in this book, even the little girl, Cassie - it wasn't too young and it wasn't too old, she made this voice sound just right. As for everything else, Dara was able to infuse just the right amount of tension, humor and emotion into her voice when needed. I really enjoyed this audio production.


1 comment

  1. So glad I found your review today. I have the audio/kindle combo and look forward to listening.


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