The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
Why do I do this to myself? I keep looking for a Ms. Reisz book and when I find it, I greedily request it. Then I don't read it. Why? I don't know. Read this book. I loved it. I read it all in one sitting through the wee hours of the night. This is a page-turner and unexpected. Specifically, I didn't expect a supernatural element to it. I believe there is a little nod to The Bourbon Thief but I could be imaging it.
What I love about this book is how much yearning it generated for me. A love so powerful that it transcends time. This is like crack to a hopeless romantic. Mix it with loss, grief, and depression, how can I not love this book? I felt so much and this is one of the things I love about Ms. Reisz. She takes no shortcuts. She creates complicated love stories that make a person's soul weep in sorrow. My heart cracked a little each time as we learn about Faye and her broken life.
When I first started the book, it was a bit slow and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I should know better. Some of Ms. Reisz's books start a little slow and then wham it hits you straight in the face like a sucker punch. This is what happened to me as I finally become oriented and understand why Faye is leaving her husband. Full disclosure, I didn't read the blurb. I go into most of my books completely cold. I tend to go into Ms. Reisz's books completely cold because I don't want any expectations. I want to experience it without preconceived notions or hints. Probably why the stories hit me so hard.
Faye loved one man so deeply that she didn't want to live after he died. His death was completely senseless and after only spending 1 year with him when she wanted a lifetime, this shattered her. The loss Faye exhibits is so overwhelming it leaps off the page for me. Ms. Reisz's writing voice works so well for me because it appeals and speaks to me. She pulls me in and ensnares me in her web of intense emotions. Most of the time these emotions are dark, depressing, and melancholy. As a child decades before Emo even existed, this draws me in.
When Faye is confronted with a way to be with a man who is possibly a prior reincarnation of her husband, it is uncanny and magical. Every time there is hope, it is then yanked away from her. I felt like I was placed in a riptide and couldn't get out of the constant heartbreak. This is a complex romance that transcends time and I loved it. I highly recommend this multilayered romance for those who experienced heartbreak and want a chance with a happily ever after.
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