Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley: Review



Seeking Sarah is an interesting look at just how far a person is willing to go to get answers and a sense of personal justice. I started out fully empathizing with Brooke, but I quickly ended up shaking my head at her antics and decisions. Brooke is a thirty-two year old grown woman and is way too old to behave in the way that she does. If she had been in her early twenties I would have attributed her bad decisions to being immature and unprepared to deal with some harsh truths that were kept from her. Brooke should have been able to think past her knee jerk reactions to her mother's betrayal and the hurt that she was feeling. Brooke never seemed to take seriously how her actions would affect other people. Not her fiancĂ©, not her grandmother, not an innocent little girl, nor even a young man who ultimately proves to be not only unstable, but dangerous. 

Unfortunately, there was not one adult in this story that I liked. Everyone had either ulterior motives or selfish priorities. I did not, however, have any trouble finishing this book in just a few sittings. The writing is well done and the pacing is good, I just didn't like any of the characters. I was even annoyed at Brooke's father for staging and living a lie that was in no way necessary. Seeking Sarah is full of people who should know better, but still act against common sense, family drama that is messy with a resolution that leaves no one satisfied, and has a twist that made me say 'What the what?!" at the end. And yes, I'll be reading more from Billingsley! ;)

**I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.**



Amazon

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for. 

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