From New York Times Bestseller Alessandra Torre…
I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.
My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.
This final book?
It’s my confession.
I just finished this story and I am speechless. I want to say everything and nothing. This story is unlike anything I’ve read before and yet I loved every page. This book is haunting and healing all at the same time.
Helena Ross is, putting it nicely, quirky. When I read her character, I kept thinking of that phrase “zoom out”, because Helena would get so caught up in the details, the little nitpicking of being “right”, that she would miss what was actually happening. She has rules for everything and everyone. As a reader, you find yourself wondering if she might have some type of mental illness or if she’s just a misunderstood genius.
This book isn’t a romance, and it’s not a mystery either. I feel like I would classify it as nonfiction. I don’t even feel like that’s a worthy category either, for a book that pulled out so much emotion from me, and from our characters. Part of me wants to say this story starts out, very briefly, with a happily ever after in the past, and then the story reveals the real truth behind that “love” story.
Helena Ross has terminal cancer and only three months to live. She’s trying to get out her last book, her truth, before she dies. But for someone who normally takes a year to write a book, she needs help. Enter in her ghostwriter.
One factor I enjoyed was that Helena and her ghostwriter actually work together, much to Helena’s disappointment. I appreciated that the author took their partnership that direction because I think when I hear the term “ghostwriter”, I just think of someone else doing the work while someone else is fine being the face of the work. So to see this as a collaboration was unique and I enjoyed it.
Helena’s story goes from her rigidity to watching her progress through her illness to watching her heart open up. The way the author shared these extremely personal and intimate moments in Helena’s life was flawless. I aligned with Helena intensely and while she could be harsh, she also was strong in her convictions. Of course, her character makes mistakes but you realize those are part of her personality.
I loved this book. This is the kind of story that you order in paperback and highlight your heart out because there are so many scenes that will resonate with you. I can confidently say this book is one I will remember and it goes down as one of the best stories I have ever had the honor of reading.