Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.
Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.
Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.
How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.
I happened to pick this book up by chance. We shared that it was on sale and I was intrigued by the sound of it so I one clicked right away. I used to read SO much paranormal and when How to Save a Life by Emma Scott said that it had a hint of it, I was curious for sure!
Josephine and Evan are both troubled kids. Harsh pasts and presents, loners, ready to run. Finding each other was perfect, they had this connection that you could just feel as you read. They didn’t judge one another yet seemed to want to know the other for inexplicable reasons. Evan was the type of guy that I wanted to reach in and hug (among other things ;) ) and tell him it would all be alright. Jo seemed to need a friend and I wanted to be that for her too. Such likable characters!
“I know you can handle yourself, Jo, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to take care of you.”
I CRIED when they were torn apart, it broke my heart and I didn’t want to keep reading. However, knowing what I did from the synopsis I kept going, I knew that I had to. My heart would race when anything bad was happening to them, it would soar when things went well…I was up and down!
This was my first Emma Scott book and I’m sure it won’t be my last! Not only did I LOVE all of the emotional elements of the story the writing was beautiful, I could envision the scenery and picture myself standing right there. It has taken me awhile to get my thoughts together and write this review. You need to experience this book, question what I did, theorize what’s going to happen. I’m not giving anything away, that’s not my style but you need to read this book!