Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
About the Book: When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare.
But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the façade that was Andra Walker.
I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian.
And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.
**Please note: this novel contains mature subject matter. Recommended for mature audiences only.**
Review: This book is the first of two, He Found Me and then He Saved Me. The story begins with Cora Mitchell who has been abused by Hawthorne aka the monster. After the death of her mother and the help of a family friend, she is able to start over with a new life, a life where she is free and able to be whoever she wants to be. Andra Walker is who she becomes while starting her new life on a ranch in Colorado and then Julian comes into her life and flips everything upside down. Upon his entrance, her fears take over and remind her of her past life, the life that may cause her to pack up and run again.
When I first started reading this book, my stomach was clenched tight with nerves as I read the first few chapters. It was a little agonizing because the pain of knowing just what Cora Mitchell had to go through hit very close to home for me. My emotions were highly engaged every step of the way as if I were there in her world feeling her happiness, sadness, fear, grief, love, and hatred that battled within. The pace of the story was perfect and did not leave room for any confusion or loss of interest. I fell in love with Julian’s character right away; Whitney couldn’t have portrayed a better image of his character. He is the perfect gentleman with flaws and quirks of his own that make him more loveable. I find it comical that she is writing about a character who is an author but it fits with his personality very well.
My overall impression of this book is extremely positive. I was able to relate to all of the emotions and all of the truth behind the story and it’s core meaning. I recommend this to all of my club members because it is truly a book that engages your mind. The title alone threw me for a loop! Here I was thinking that something bad was finally going to catch up and HE was going to FIND her but the he was unpredictable. I am ecstatic about the ending and just can not wait to read He Saved Me.
About the Author: I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don’t even like coffee. I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.
I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.
I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.