Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden: Review

April 4, 2014 Book/Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden: ReviewLosing Kate five-stars
Published by Random House Australia on April 1, 2014
Genres: Mystery Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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This mesmerising debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night.

I'm the most authentic version of myself when I'm around Jack. We've known each other since we were kids, and our relationship was always one of mudpies and mocking.

Then everything changed.

Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn't kill her. Our betrayal did.

Thirteen years later, I am thirty, childless and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker's cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world – until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my house… and the feelings that we buried all those years ago – the guilt, the love and the pain - resurface.

We can't keep running away from the past – and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.

I’m really enjoying a fantastic run of luck with books I’m reading of late. Apart from one I read earlier this week (if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be aware of it) that left me cold, I’ve been introduced to page after page of incredible storytelling.

One of those winning reads was Losing Kate, the debut novel from Kylie Kaden. A heady combination of romance, drama and mystery, I found myself captivated from the moment I opened the book on my Kindle to the very last word.

My review of Losing Kate is part of the blog tour for this fabulous read. If you want to check out what some of the others on the review tour have to say, check out yesterday’s stop. To read the review from Write Note Reviews, click here. Tomorrow’s stop is at MrsMichelleS.

Here are my thoughts on Losing Kate:

We hear the tale of Kate and the impact her loss had on those who loved and knew her through the eyes of Frankie.

Frankie and Jack were never apart as children, the very best of friends. Then Kate arrived in their lives, a whirlwind who blew in and changed it in more ways than she could ever know. Frankie watched from the sidelines, trying to ignore a rising sense of jealousy in seeing her friends get together. But in their world, nothing was what it appeared to be on the surface, and on a camping trip one weekend, everything changed.

The pace of the story was fast without being dizzying, told in a mixture of present day and flashbacks. Sometimes, the back and forth approach to storytelling can throw me out, however not so in this case. The glimpses of the past made it possible for me to understand the motivations of Frankie and Jack in the present world.

The connection between Frankie and Jack is electric. Even with the external difficulties (Jack has a partner and child) and the memories of Kate that are ever-present, I could see that there was meant to be something more than simply friendship between them. I did find myself wondering how Kylie Kaden would resolve their relationship without it descending into a cheating book, and how it is done is definitely satisfying.

I saw aspects of the character Kate that remind me of particular people that I’ve known throughout my life. The suspense and mystery surrounding Kate’s disappearance is really well done. I have to say I was not expecting the outcome to be what it was – and I loved that. Being kept guessing without being totally confused as to what happened – that’s my romantic suspense catnip right there.

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to say what I want to without giving the game away, so I’ll stop there. The more that I read of Losing Kate, the harder it was to believe that this is Kylie’s debut release. As I stated on Goodreads, shortly after reading it, Kaden writes with a voice that belies her newcomer status. This was so beautifully written and I cannot wait to read more from this fabulous new Australian author.

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