Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Review: "Close to Destiny" (Adria J. Cimino)

Fate or free will? Destiny or decision?

These are the questions that hound Kat when she finds herself ensnared, during her slow recovery from anorexia, in increasingly strange circumstances that seem to have no rational explanation. Late-night visitors from strangers, weird dreams from which she wakens with literal proof of having been wherever the dream took place, bizarre encounters in the day time with people she's known for a while but is only just beginning to realize that she doesn't really know ...

Then she meets Will, prompted by a bright, eccentric young woman named Destiny, and against everything her rational mind believes, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. Kat puts her investigative skills to work and uncovers a decades-old story about a young couple very much in love, and the old hotel where all these things keep happening.

What will Kat choose to believe?

Velvet Morning Press presents Close to Destiny by Adria J. Cimino a work of romantic suspense made unique by an otherworldly supernatural twist.

The story is told from Kat's first-person perspective throughout, narrated through her detail-oriented and observant investigative reporting background and relayed in successive journal entries that span much of a year in her life, from psychological breakdown to another kind of breakdown, this one a restructure of her understanding of the world.

Kat herself is tremendously sympathetic. She feels trapped in a life that she both helped and did not help to create, stuck in a relationship that's going nowhere, weighed down by her physical challenges and anxiety, surrounded by people who are no longer sure how to handle her, since her breakdown and suicide attempt. When Destiny arrives on her doorstep, practically on page two of her journal, Kat can't help but get caught up in the possibilities that Destiny's presence seems to engender.

Another character calls Destiny herself more of a catalyst than anything else, someone who causes things to happen to others, and as the story unfurls, readers will come to understand Destiny and her abilities more completely. Destiny is vibrant and carefree, almost precisely Kat's opposite and therefore her foil: their characteristics, respectively, underscore and even enhance the other's.

Cimino explores themes like loss, love, the influence of the past, the temptation to cling to a comfort zone, personal growth, risk, and what we perceive as reality, whether it is real or not. Her work is a well-written, compelling, and heartwarming one from beginning to end.

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Author: Adria J. Cimino
Title: Close to Destiny
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
ISBN: 978-0-69234-694-5
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author via Library Thing in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for the lovely review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed my novel.


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