by Justin Kramon
on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Women's Fiction Published by: Pegasus/Norton
Publication Date: 10/15/13
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-1-60598-480-3Purchase Links:
Synopsis:'To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, “a great beast of a birthday,” as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam’s attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia. Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches—and Julia becomes less and less sure whom to trust.'
My Thoughts:To me, The Preservationist is one of those books that seems to stick in your head after reading it. I have to admit that I really wasn't into this book at all for the first half and I was actually a little confused as to what was going on and who the good guy and bad guy actually was. But, after the halfway mark this story really seemed to pick up and I became totally invested in seeing what was going to happen at the end and the twist that seemed to take place was totally unexpected.
What I liked about the story was that it was told from the perspective of each different character which gave you a well rounded view of what was going on. Each of the three main characters, Julia, Sam and Marcus, all have their own problems and past issues and even though I think they could have been developed a bit more as characters, they were all easy to relate to and imagine as real people.
The writing style in this book is very slow and steady which frustrated me a little bit in the beginning but in hindsight it did actually work really well in building up the suspense and building the atmosphere around the story.
The Preservationist ended up being a definite page turner and it even made me feel a little bit sad with what happens at the end. If you're a fan of psychological thrillers then you're sure to like this one.
I give it 3.5 stars.