Every so often you come by a really unique novel, one that is hauntingly beautiful … that is Olivay by Deborah Reed. The book moves at a slow pace but as you read the tension is constantly building within the story and that alone keeps you turning the pages quickly. Olivay is a novel of grief, loss, of moving on, and of coming face to face with the reality that our lives can irrevocably change in an instant.
The novel opens with Olivay losing her husband in a hit-and-run accident. Devastated she barely drags herself along for the next year of her life. Eventually she begins to step outside of her apartment to the coffee shop near her home. On one such occasion she meets Henry and feels an instant attraction. It’s something so foreign to her now that she takes him back to her apartment planning on a one-night stand. As the next morning dawns she notices some strange behavior with Henry but hasn’t got the time to fully analyze it because bombs are detonating all across Los Angeles and one of those bombs is right by her home. Her windows have blown out, and glass is everywhere. Olivay is not only injured, she is also trapped inside her apartment with Henry as no one is allowed out on the streets and Henry has begun to act even more strange than he had in the morning. He seems nervous and uncomfortable and Olivay begins to have suspicions about him. Could he be part of the terrorist plot? He drives a motorcycle – is he the one who killed her husband? And why is guarding that backpack of his so diligently?
This book keeps you guessing throughout. The tension builds and you think you’ve got it all figured out but in the very next sentence you realize that you don’t. It is beautifully written and the emotion and power of the author’s words flow in each and every sentence. You feel the grief and loss, the fear and helplessness in the face of a terrorist attack, and the power of new love. Truly this is one of those books that I loved but can’t find adequate words to describe just how it made me feel … especially the unexpected ending. It’s an emotional book and one that will stay with me for a long time… it is a very good book. One of my favorites this year. Highly recommended!
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