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This book has so much in it; a mystery, a little romance, and a psychological thriller. Gregg writes Joseph as an empathetic character. Joseph has experienced such disturbing things in his childhood. His mind had blocked out these experiences until he had the brain injury. Though you do read of physical abuse, it is not as graphic as it could have been. Gregg brings out each characters personality in a big way.
As a reader, you dislike his hospital roommate (I did from the start), you really like his attorney, Michelle, you are angry at his drunken father who is the abuser and you shake your head at Joseph's mother for letting the abuse happen right in front of her. This was a very emotional read.
Lastly, the highest compliment that I can give this book is, I call Blink of an Eye a "Pick up this book and you can't put it down until you are finished" novel. I predict that this book will be in the final five for a Whitney Award. In fact, this novel is a winner already from the amazing cover down to the last page.
Did you miss me? I know it's been a while since I've posted, so I am excited to express my opinions about Gregg Luke's new book, Blink of an Eye.
One of my favorite things about Gregg's books in general is that they are all very unique. He has talent as a writer and a vast knowledge of cool stuff, well, like the cool guy that he is. Gregg's ideas are never ordinary and for that I am grateful!
The story, I know the other girls have briefed you on, so I will just tell you what I thought. I lost track of how many times in this story I said "Holy Cow!" because I wasn't sure how Joseph was going to get out of the mess he was in, or "holy cow..." because of how sad his childhood was. Joseph was such a sweet, likeable guy, that you just wanted everything to work out for him. Of course it takes until the end of the book for that to happen, but talk about a ride to get there!
If I could change anything, it would only be that as a reader, the snitch was obvious, and yet it took Joseph a while to figure it out. The great thing is, it's not a deal breaker for me. There were plenty of intense, and frankly, scary scenes to capture my attention.
I would give this book a 4/5 stars! Thanks for yet another good read Gregg!
Joseph Ramirez is driving, turning left at an intersection, and in the blink of an eye his whole life changed. He is hit by a cement truck, and hurt badly. In fact, Joseph stays in a coma for three weeks. During his recovery he has visits from his family. His mother in particular, isn't very thrilled with his recent conversion to the LDS church. And has some things put on his chart that Joseph isn't happy about. Aside from that, Joseph loves his mother. What Joseph can't explain is since the accident, he keeps remembering things from his childhood. Terrible things. Events that have been blocked from his memory until now. A monster that hurts him and at times, his mother. Joseph's dreams are very real, he wakes up screaming most nights, drenched in sweat. But, after he awakens, Joseph cannot remember the details. Joseph turns to his siblings for help, buy they would rather let the past stay in the past. To make matters worse, as he tries to get the bottom of his dreams, he has some problems that come up from the accident.
I liked how the author added in explanations here and there of the church, without being preachy, and made our beliefs easy to relate to and understand. I really enjoyed the ending, and thought that with all that Joseph has been through, he will be alright. He experienced unspeakable things as a child, and ended up an admirable man. There was one thing I wanted answered that wasn't, but not getting my answer didn't make me enjoy the book any less.
4 out of 5 stars