See Me

Nicholas Sparks
See me just as I see you . . .Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria's life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they've begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-24
Good but predicable. Quick read
Reviewed: 2017-01-29
2.5 stars

I was quite into the first half of the book (the romantic "falling in love" bits), but the mystery part felt like it dragged on too long, especially when it was really obvious who was _really_ behind all these things. Not saying there weren't some surprising twists even knowing that, but the build up just took forever, and then the more interesting aftermath gets shoved into an 8 page epilogue.

Was kinda excited for this one because I remember really liking "The Guardian," which was Sparks's other attempt at romance and mystery mixing. Oh well. Glad to finally see a non-white protagonist in a Sparks book! A little bit anti-guns, too. A much more shady leading man than usual (an MMA fighter? isn't that more of an indie romance trope?). Anyway. The point is Sparks tried some things outside his usual box and some of them worked and some of them didn't. A for effort, at least.
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