Tuesday, August 11, 2015

From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan

From Where I Watch You
From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan
Pub: 8/4/2015
Pgs: 304
ARC Received by Edelweiss

I loved this story.  At first I think I was just reading it to read it, and soon I was completely enthralled by Kara McKinley's world.  Kara has wanted to disappear since right before 9th grade, the summer that ruined everything, and the summer that Kara decided she was done with her sister Kellen, right until Kellen died in an accident that October.  After Kellen's death, Kara's world is turned upside down again.  Her parents aren't together, her mother gave up being a lawyer to be a devote Christian/coffee house owner who sells blessed pea soup, and she has been receiving some really terrifying notes from an anonymous stalker.

All Kara wants to do now is enter a baking competition that will get her to the school of her dreams and away from the nightmare she has been living, the only problem is that Kara's mother would rather her not leave the vicinity of their zip code.  Finding a way into the competition will not be as hard as facing the demons of her past, trying to figure out her old crush that has come back to town, and figuring out if in fact she is being haunted by her sister or really has a dangerous stalker after her. 

I really liked the turmoil that was placed in Kara's life.  It was realistic and tons of messed up.  Seeing how the characters worked together, or with the plot in mind was great.  The mystery could be guessed quite easily but there is so much deflection going on that it takes at least 75% of the book before the reader starts to see the clear outline of the mystery. 

4 out of 5 stars.  Thanks Edelweiss.

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