In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey

Title: In Place of Never

Author: Julie Anne Lindsey

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Series Status: Standalone

Page Count: 269

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: Can the truth set her free?…

A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith’s death was an accident—or murder.  Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks. He’s a kindred spirit, someone who sees into her heart for the first time in, well, forever. Yet stirring up the past puts Mercy in danger…

Suddenly someone is shadowing Mercy’s every move, making her even more determined to uncover the facts. With Cross by her side, she is ready to face it all, even if that means opening up to him, knowing he may one day leave her. What she discovers is a truth that rocks the foundation of her small river town—and a love worth risking everything for….

*I generously received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review: I was very delightedly surprised with this. To be completely honest, I did not have high expectations, but this book turned out to be wonderfully enjoyable!

There are so many concepts in this book that are extremely hard to write about and make it good. Of course there will always be controversy over such issues, but this novel did an incredible job of portraying them. It writes about issues such as self harm, depression, religion, suicide, and teen pregnancies. To write about all of this at once without feeling overwhelmed is quite amazing. Although there were some moments where it felt like so much was going on at once, the author did a good job of balancing it out.

The character growth in this novel was lovely to read. We start with a girl who barely leaves the house but to visit her mother and sister, and her transformation to a newer, healthier lifestyles is beautiful. The relationship that grows between her father, her sister, and Cross were also beautiful.

I don’t know what it was about this book, but it had me hooked. I was so engrossed into it, I could not put it down. I had to know what happened next, the only reason I stopped reading this was because I went to sleep, and that was after reading it until 3 in the morning.

Overall, this novel was extremely enjoyable and thrilling, and I am glad to have read it.

I would highly recommend it to fans of contemporary romance and thrillers.

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