Sunday, May 1, 2016

Book Review: The Debt by Tyler King

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers

Hadley's my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it's the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .

Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I'll do anything to fix it.

I'll never leave her again. I won't ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I'm terrified that if I tell her everything, she'll never forgive me. I'm even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it's a debt I'm determined to repay.


This is the first book I've read by Tyler King and unfortunately, it looks like it will be the last. It was an interesting concept to write about but all in all, it was too much and not enough at the same time. Hard to believe that is possible, but it really is. 

Everyone I know is probably tired of hearing about how I love a screwed up character. I say it all the time and I always go on to say that it's the journey of that screwed up character that really can make or break a book. But these characters were too flawed. There were too many things going on with them and then not every issue was explained. This is a big problem for me. If a character is messed up, own it. Make them messed up but on the same note, make them either totally realize it or totally ignore it. The character can't have it both ways because it makes the book confusing for the reader. Just like the characters can't have 74 psychological issues and the author insinuate that they are all superbly important but then the author only talks about 3 of them. Again, you can't have it both ways. 

There were also quite a few flashbacks, which is great. That can bring new depth to a story and give you some insight into the characters. But that wasn't the case with this book. It slowed the story down and while it did show you a peek into the characters past, by the time the story picks back up again you're thrown into another flashback that slows the story down again. It becomes very frustrating after the first few times. 

The book as a whole reads a bit jerky with starts and stops in the plot. There wasn't really a flow to it that goes seamlessly between plot points. This, coupled with the flashbacks, REALLY slows things down and made me lose focus and interest in the storyline. It was like trying to ride a skateboard in the snow when it's past your knees. 

I don't want to have to work at reading a book. My reading preference is to sit down and get lost within the pages. I want to be transported somewhere and I don't care if it's a bad place where I'm reading about childhood trauma or if it's a romance novel. I just want to become immersed in what I'm reading. I just didn't get that with The Debt. I wanted to, it sounded like a good book when I first picked it up but it just didn't play out like that. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: May 10, 2016

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