Friday, February 12, 2016

Patrycja's Review: How to Save a Life How to Save a Life by Emma Scott


Title: How To Save A Life
Series: Standalone
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: 9 February, 2016
Rating: 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.


How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter, and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: domestic violence (on the page) and mention of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.

How To Save A Life completely bewitched me. What a heart breaking,stunning, beautiful and unique story. I am still overwhelmed by all of the emotions it caused inside me. This story is simply unforgettable!

Josephine ‘Jo’ Clark has been through a lot. Her life was neither sweet nor full of unicorns and rainbows. It was lonely, depressing and full of hurt. She lost her parents as well as a big piece of herself. Now only poetry can soothe her soul.

Evan Salinger is a boy that carries a stigma of a ‘town freak’, a loner. Everyone believes he’s a mental case and kids at school make sure he knows it. His life is no easy…

Evan and Jo meet at school and are drawn to each other and…

“We exchanged looks, a commiseration; the girl with a scar and the boy with the freaky rep, and something shifted between us. An unspoken understanding that drew me closer to him without having moved an inch.”

Please, let me stop here! It’s better to go into this story blind and find all the answers by yourself. I don’t want to spoil this book.

How To Save A Life is a love story like no other I’ve read before. It’s unique, captivating and epic! This is a very emotional ride through the darkest of places a person can wander to in order to find at least one ray of sunshine and just a bit of hope. And yes it shows that hope and love can be found in the weirdest places…

“You believed me. Or maybe you didn’t, but you accepted me. And that had never happened to me before.”

Emma Scott is very talented author and I am dying to read more of her work; her style of writing is just precious – the words she’s put on the paper moved me. Her storytelling is vivid, intense and the words seem to flow… it is all very poetic and powerful. Her words broke my heart many times and then glued it together.

"Do you ever… Do you think about us?

What we had?"
"Every minute… 
I think about us every minute of my life."

This story was absolutely brilliant – from the falling in love to absolutely shocking, astounding climax and conclusion. I was absorbed in it till the end.



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