Absolution ~ Amanda Dick

81WwVmWMIBL__SL1500_Going home is never easy, but for Jack, it will be the most difficult thing he’s ever done. After a car crash destroys the lives of three young souls, Jack runs away from the pain. As the driver of the car, he holds himself responsible for Ally’s paralysis. Breaking her heart and his, Jack leaves her and his friend Callum behind to seek out a miserable existence to punish himself for his misdeeds.

Four years later, Jack still punishes himself for the events of that day. He hides his pain in his new, violent life. When Jack’s father dies, he has no choice but to go home and face the people he loves, the people he left.

“Absolution” by Amanda Dick is not my normal type of novel. In fact, it’s the type of novel I stay away from. I don’t like to cry, and I don’t like a lot of emotion. Yet this book is such a perfect example of what happens when this type of novel is done right, and I’d gladly read a hundred of them just like it.

From the very beginning, the characters are so real that the reader cannot help but to feel like they’ve known them forever. As the story follows their struggles and their triumphs, it’s easy to root for them and it’s easy to feel what they feel. These are the types of characters I love: extremely flawed, jaded but still hopeful. I will remember the characters of “Absolution” even years from now.

The story is beautifully woven, integrating the past with the present. A few scenes of the present, then a scene from the past to bring the reader into the know. The flashbacks are handled with perfect precision, only giving the reader what they need to know when they need to know it.

This is one of those books that stays with you, that makes you want the lives of the characters continue to unfold before you. It was so hard to put the book down. I kept telling myself, “Just one more chapter…” and that one more would turn into two or three. If you’re looking for a great love story, full of tribulation and triumph, then “Absolution” is the book for you.

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