written by Ashley Farley
My Rating: 4 Stars
Life is sweet for Katherine Langley. A freshman at the University of Virginia, she is free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her new roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour. She is also a psychopath.
When Katherine’s obsessive-compulsive overprotective brother succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously off-track, Katherine must save Ben from himself. Lives are threatened and someone disappears on New Year’s Day. The only evidence left: a single set of footprints in the snow.
From the university campus to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Virginia, Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and betrayal.
I was first attracted to this book because of the synopsis. Psychopaths fascinate me – I love learning and reading about them. It was interesting reading a story with a character such as Emma.
This book did not disappoint. It was fast paced, tension filled and dramatic. The characters seemed to be living, breathing people – not simply words on a page. I usually do not particularly like reading about substance abuse (I have enough of that issue in real life) but it certainly fit well and was a necessary element within this novel. The description of the substance abuse and the affect that it has on loved ones, certainly hit home with me and I was not surprised to see that the author had first hand experience with the destruction that substance abuse so often leaves in its wake.
Full of twists and turns and lots of suspense – this novel is worth the sleep you’ll miss… staying up late into the night… reaching that very last page!
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