It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:
I want to see you.
He agrees, and on a cold winter's night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.
David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.
Phillip offers redemption.
©2017 TJ Klune (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 26-09-17

Heartbreakingly brilliant


5 heartbreakingly emotional stars. I genuinely don't even know where to start or how to write this review. Firstly i'll start by saying I'm not even going to discuss the story line. The blurb for this book is vague and as will be this review in terms of plot content.

I listened to this book in audio first and then went straight to 1 click and read it all over again. It's that good. Derrick McClain is a fabulous narrator that I've not come across before. His voice is beautiful and really leant itself to the tone of this story. Is this a romance? I'm not really sure everyone would class it as one as there's no sex scenes, no chasing or dating, angst or ridiculous-ness going on. But it is real and honest and heartbreaking and all about LOVE and devastating loss.

As i started listening to this book i was initially a little frustrated, as i said the blurb is very vague and the story starts off very confusing. But if this happens to you please stick with it because its so worth it.

This book is exceptionally well written and covers a reality many families face daily in relative silence. It's deep and emotive and so very sad at times. Those that read my reviews will no how much i love TJ's books and this was another awesome book to add to that list.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 27-09-17

Yes, you will probably cry.

If you haven't read this, then do yourself two favors:

1. No spoilers. Because you have to go into this blind, okay? Seriously, please don't read any spoilers because you'll miss out on the total emotion of this story.

Yes, it's heartbreaking. Sure there's a happy-ish kind of ending, but the reality of the story (of how this happens every day) left me...bereft and just kind of...shattered.

And Derrick McClain? Well, he just shattered me all over again. His narration has the kind of emotion you hear from people who have lost everything. Who have hit the bottom of tolerance for the world and all its cruelty.

The story is so well crafted, and seen solely through David's POV, it renders your heart in two while still giving glimpses of hope and redemption and love and perseverance.

Because the not knowing was the worst thing of all.
When you didn’t know, you were stuck in this limbo.
You didn’t know who to focus your anger on.
Your confusion.
Your fear.
Your anguish.
So it went wherever it could, that focus.
And sometimes, it went toward the wrong person.

I just want to find David and Phillip and give them long hugs.

This is not a fast paced narration. There is a deliberateness to McClain's voice work that, to some, might seem slow.

The writing, for me, was brilliant. The writing needed narration that would really be just as brilliant. It needed a narrator who would pull the nuance of emotion and brokenhearted pain and weave it throughout the spoken words without crushing the listener.

Most of all the narrator needed to pull off the ending. To render hope where it seemed hopeless.

Derrick McClain delivers on all counts.

2. If you love a good Hurt/Comfort story and can stand some heartbreak and maybe even some wookiee cry this.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maureen Carlstrom on 02-09-17


First, let me start by giving the best advice I can muster after having listened to every second of this 5 hour and 11 minute masterpiece: Grab a bottle of vodka, a box of tissues and buckle up because it's gonna be a looooong night! It's officially 'the day after' and I'm still recovering.....
This story touched my heart on more levels than I could have imagined and without giving away spoilers, all I can do is recommend that you listen to this tragically beautiful story about life, love, loss and everything in-between. TJ Klune proves yet once again he is an amazing writer and that he's made another perfect decision to have Derrick McClain bring his characters to life. Bravo, Gentlemen!!!

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