Wednesday, 27 January 2016

See Me by Nicholas Sparks


Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

I'm baack. Revision season is done and I can finally get back to blogging and reading and feeling like a normal person. Reading has been pretty slow because of revision etc but I did manage to finish See Me by Nicholas Sparks.

The book is primarily the love story between Colin and Maria who come from mismatched backgrounds. Colin is basically the broody silent complex (with violent tendencies). And Maria is the dainty love interest - she comes from an immigrant background and is a lawyer. She went to Duke ..doesn't really date ... he had a couple of stints in prison ... you've heard it before. In fact, one of my biggest issues with the book was all of it's characters. For such a large book, it was really lacking in character development. There was a lot of reference to Colin's past but not enough detail on what he actually did and why he did it. Maria's perfectionist trait was explained but with one, pretty predictable explanation. I needed moorree. And due to the lack of flesh on the characters, I never really believed that they could fall in love, it was all very insta-lovey. 

What I did like was how Nicholas Sparks leads you into the book and gets you settled in. In the same way Maria is intrigued by Colin from the offset, so was I. This was also mainly because of the authour did something really clever with the prologue - all I am saying (!!). So normally with Nicholas Sparks books there is no hesitation ... you FALL for the guy straight away. But I had a really bad feeling about Colin. He's attractive but he's also kind of on edge ...not in a good way. I just did not warm to him at all and I think that if you're reading this, you'll be waiting for Colin to be a psycho. 

The book also suffered some major pacing issues. It is pretty slow for the most part and because the drama is quite predictable (still somewhat exciting but predictable nonetheless)... and the book is so long ... it gets a little tedious. And then what I had been anticipating the entire time, happened in the last two chapters of the book by which point I just wanted it to be over. I felt it was trying really hard to be a psychological thriller without being thrilling.

This dangerous/whodunit theme has been done by Sparks in Safe Haven and The Guardian (would highly recommend) and were executed really well. But having read nearly all of his books now, these tropes and themes and characters and even some of the lines felt very reminiscent of his other books.

As a Nicholas Sparks fan - pretty disappointing. And I do not want be SEEing this in cinemas anytime soon ... 
Rating: 2/5 

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