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Book: See Me (Nicholas Sparks)

It felt like the book was divided into two parts.

It has a slow and steady interlude that lulled me into thinking it was a romance sci-fi (sorta) by introducing me to the two main characters. 

I found Colin a little hard to relate to at first because of his violent tendencies and colored past and, I am sure all other readers found this to be true as well, I wondered if his violent tendencies would ever rear its ugly head again during a heated squabble. 

In the real world, the leopard doesn't change its spots, so, I had my doubts.

See Me - Nicholas Sparks
But I trusted Sparks to stay relatively on course with his previous works of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Authors are known to fish-tail once in a while or veer off track but even when they do, they generally don't make too big of a U-Turn.

The second half of the book was where I was taken by surprise.

Beyond the abovementioned two books from Sparks, I've not read the other books.

At first, the book took its time padding out potential futures for the couple, broke them up, saw her gain trust in the once-violent but changed man that Colin was. The book never ventured into Colin's parents and his side of the family. It made clear that Colin was pretty much on his own, hawked over by the police, sneered at by the public and considered a threat without trying too hard to. It was hard not to fall in love with the gentle giant that he had become.

It made me question myself: if a man with such a long history of violent tendencies was to go through a metamorphosis, would I be able to look at the person with the same kind of understanding, patience, and risk my life getting so close?

Sparks masterfully transformed my thinking with each chapter, slowly letting us into his thoughts (although I found his ambition to become a third-grade teacher to be a bit far-fetched).

I felt the book could have been written as two books. Like at first he intended it to be a romance only to add the fast-paced action as an afterthought. But it was more than an afterthought, though. It was a lengthy page-turning section that was encapsulating.

It kept me guessing till the end...and I was still wrong. And this proves Nicholas Sparks to be as masterful a thriller storyteller as he is a romantic one.

4.9/5 Stars

😂 0.1 stars taken off because of the cover. It was a misleading cover. I bought the book because I thought it was a romance/mellow toilet-subway-bank-train station-restaurant queue kind of book. Those dead yellow roses don't look dead enough to tell the true story of what's inside.

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