How do you decide how to rate a book? Is it based on the ending? The quality of the writing? The accessibility of the characters?
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher is a masterfully written tale of love, lies, and manipulation. The story is crafted to lure you in, have you fall in love with the main characters, Olivia and Caleb. These perfectly flawed characters are made loveable, in spite of some atrocious acts in the name of "love". Who can't relate to not using the best judgement or taking advantage of a situation of usings someone's misfortune for your gain?
The story takes place in the present and takes you into the past to develop the characters and allow the reader to experience a rich past. It's that past woven into the present that makes sews your heart for these characters.
The humor and lightness drives the reader through this journey unsuspectingly. The reader is always aware of something horrible having been perpetrated to break this couple up in their past. However, the writing style is disarming and has the reader rallying for redemption of love lost and found.
Based on that alone, I LOVED this book. I would read it over and over again.
This book has left a profound gaping hole in the middle of my chest. I ache. I finished this book in one day and was crying heavy sobs of pain, of love unfulfilled, angst filled me. I was devastated, destraught and in some ways destroyed. "I was broken" best describes. I ended this book feeling Olivia's pain and loss to the depth of my marrow.
This book is not a "clean" read. It's not your fairytale ending. Or is it? Maybe this was the best it could be. Maybe, this is their "happy". Sure wasn't mine!
This has got to be the most thrilling rollercoaster ride. I would read this book over and over again in secret hope that the ending would be different. Perhaps, that is the magic of this book as we foolishly hope for love to overcome all things.
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