What I Read Wednesday – Together Apart by Natalie Martin

Together Apart

This is a brand new feature for the blog and something I’ve always wanted to do, review books before they come out. I downloaded this book through NetGalley, and it will be released on June 23, 2015.

While on holiday in Santorini, Adam decides to take the plunge and ask his girlfriend, Sarah, to marry him. Maybe the proposal was unexpected, but he didn’t expect her to say she didn’t want to be with him anymore. But his problems don’t end there. Not only is Adam suddenly single, but they also recently signed a lease together they can’t break. They’re stuck living together despite the breakup.

Sarah has a secret that made her break things off, but she can’t reveal it, she’s never revealed it to anyone. Her only confidant is her diary. Adam is understandably frustrated that Sarah won’t tell him what’s wrong, so when he stumbles over boxes of diaries from her childhood, he can’t resist reading them in an attempt to know her better.

The story is told from Adam’s point of view with excerpts from Sarah’s diaries, both present and past. The old diaries provide backstory in Sarah’s voice, a perfect unreliable narrator. Before he can discover her secret, she goes looking for her diaries and he has to give them up.

History repeats itself and Sarah wants to change the outcome this time, regardless of Adam’s feelings. A tragic event sends her back to her childhood home and forces Sarah to finally reveal the truth.

Adam and Sarah are very human and flawed characters. While you’re screaming at Sarah to just be out with it and stop dwelling, at the same time you understand that relationships aren’t always simple. Adam tries to move on because Sarah is adamant that they are over, but his love for her keeps him trying to find out her secret so he can fix things. He’s just not prepared for how major her secret is.

The ending seemed a little rushed to me, tying things up neatly in a bow, but it’s nice to get an actual resolution instead of leaving the book open ended. Overall, I rate this book 4/5 because it was well written and made you want to see what happened next.

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