Before we get into the book review, I just wanted to let you know I’ll be doing a virtual book signing tonight from 5:45 pm to 6pm CST on the Penned Con Fan Page on Facebook HERE Authors are scheduled every fifteen minutes throughout the day, so if you’re looking for new books or enjoy games and giveaways, drop by. Hope to see you there!
FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
Are you ready to play?
The description for this book immediately grabbed me. Another book I read by this author was extremely compelling, so requesting this one was a no-brainer.
LGBTQ representation in this novel is magnificent, along with autism and disability representation. These characters are brought together by a RPG (role playing game) and spend three years together playing the game. Throughout that time, their relationships with each other have their ups and downs, and with college on the horizon for some, this will be the last time they’re able to play together. Soon after reaching the cabin, the craziness begins.
One of my favorite things about this novel is the strong friendships between some of the characters and the unconditional support they offer each other – especially since some don’t have the best home life or have experienced traumatic events. When they find themselves in the middle of some seriously creepy happenings, none of them abandon each other to save themselves. Five alternating POVs also allows the reader to learn more about each character.
This will be difficult to say without spoilers, but what I struggled with was the reveal of the person behind everything. It came as a suprise, but just didn’t ring true for me – it seemed unrealistic, and I felt let down after such a suspenseful buildup. During tense scenes where I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, occasionally heavy internal monologue took over and went on for several paragraphs, which took me out of the story.
Even If We Break is a thriller, but it’s also very much a coming of age story with some beautiful passages containing thought-provoking concepts. It’s not my favorite novel by this author, but I wouldn’t hesitate to read her future books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.