Darlene P. Winston
Outskirts Press (2020)
Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Reader Views (07/01)
Gorgeous is the first word that fills my head when I sit down to write this review. I haven’t been into a book this much since I read “Waiting to Exhale” all the way back in 1992. Not because they share the same plot or storyline. It’s because that, like amazing author Terry McMillan did back then, this writer has created a book that’s fresh, dynamic, and awesome…to say the least.
Now, this is a new “find” for me. Being the sequel to a book titled, “Where I Wanna Be” I didn’t know if I would be lost having not read that one first. I can happily tell you; I wasn’t lost for a second. (I can also tell you; I have downloaded my Kindle copy of the first book and after this I will be diving right into it.)
Andre and K.C. are the characters in this book that you will be riveted to. Andre is having a great time; his path is on track, he and K.C. are happy, and the life they’ve worked so hard for looks as positive as possible. They are on a path that has a smile permanently affixed to Andre’s face. Of course, he has yet to know that there are a plethora of things going on all around him; from lies and deceit, to scandals just simmering in the background, waiting to explode.
When Andre begins to see his journey go off course, horrors crop up and have the power to bring down the “castle” that Andre and K.C. have built. Once upon a time could quickly turn into a Stephen King horror story of monumental proportions. (There is so much to say here about those twists and turns, but in order not to trip and give anything away, I’ll be quiet.)
What I am allowed to say is that during this entire suspenseful, unique book the charisma of this author comes through in her characters and in her strong, defiant writing. She brings the scenes alive to the point where you feel, as a reader, that you’re standing right there and watching everything play out before your very eyes. The changes in points of view flowed well, and whether the writer was creating drama, fear, romance or reality, she gave it her all from the first page to the last.
Right now the only thing I have left to say is, “Goodbye. I want to go read that Kindle book ASAP!”