Sunday 16 February 2020

DEAR LAURA by Gemma Amor

Dear Laura
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'd heard really good things about this novella, so I was really looking forward to reading it. And this afternoon, I did. In one sitting.

When Laura was thirteen she watched her best friend get into a stranger's van, and never return. She was scarred by the experience and is then forced to deal with creepy letters from someone who claims that in exchange for personal items, he'll reveal where Bobby is...

Okay. I liked this story, but not as much as I thought I would.

The writing is great, the story certainly sucked me in, and kept me reading because I wanted to know how Laura's horrible ordeal was going to end. While I mostly enjoyed the disturbing journey, the ending left me feeling a bit hollow. I'm not sure why, but the closer I got to the ending, the further away the narrative pushed me.

I liked Laura and felt sorry for her because she's so obsessed with the loss of Bobby--as well as the aftermath of allowing herself to be toyed with by a perverted stranger--that she's a total mess. She's barely able to hold her life together. And even when she does, this 'penpal' still manages to affect her as deeply as when she was a kid.

The tension and the psychological dread was good too. There were just a few issues that kept me from loving this.

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