Monday, December 5, 2016

#ReadIndie Review: This Is What Goodbye Looks Like

This is What Goodbye Looks LikeTitle: This Is What Goodbye Looks Like
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
Release Date: June 17, 2016

Lea Holder watched a boy die in the same DUI accident that ruined Lea’s legs and threw her little sister into a coma. As the only eye-witness to the accident, if she tells the truth in court, the drunk driver will go to prison and the dead boy’s family will have justice.

But Lea lies.

If she had told the truth, Lea would have put her own mom in prison for causing the accident. With the trial over and her mom set free, Lea attempts to rebuild her shattered life as she waits for her little sister to wake from her coma.

When Lea transfers schools, she finds herself in the same senior class as Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mom killed. As Lea gets to know the person buried underneath Seth's grief, she quickly falls for his quick wit and passionate soul. But Seth remains completely oblivious that Lea is the same girl who robbed his family of justice.

As their relationship deepens, Lea finally gets a taste of the love that’s been missing from her life since the accident. But soon she’s faced with a choice: she can continue her lies and accept the comfort it gives them both. Or she can tell Seth the truth about everything, and risk destroying both her family and her newfound love.

Lea is messed up both physically and mentally from the car accident that killed a boy. Having lied on the stand to protect her mother from going to jail, she's torn up. Her family has been ripped apart by all the lies, and her sister is in a coma. She doesn't know what else to do aside from get help from Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mother killed.

I was so curious how this was going to be established. How in the world was Rivers going to convince me that Seth did not recognize Lea, when he spent just as much time in court as she did?

Well she did it. Seth Ashbury is blind. I could not tell you if the rep is perfect, but it was certainly nice to read about a blind character. And it was such a surprise. Lea's voice was wonky during her mother's trial, because her throat had been split open during the crash, so Seth didn't recognize her voice.

I loved seeing Lea fall in love with Seth, even when she was fighting against it. She knew what she was doing was wrong, and she constantly struggled with the right thing to do. Should she tell everyone what really happened in the accident? Should she tell Seth about her true identity? 

As she helps Seth mourn his brother, Lea finally begins to realize that maybe his family didn't come out as unscathed as she'd initially thought. I felt so bad for both Seth and Lea, and it was hard to see her make some of the decisions she did. As I read I kept shouting, "Just tell him!" Which made his moment of truth all the more painful.

I really loved it. It was heartbreaking, and the ending was just perfect. If you like contemporary romance, you should definitely give it a try.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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