See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Publication Date: October 2015
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹
“See me just as I see you . . .
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.
Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.
A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.
As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?
Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize. ”
“In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.”
Wow. This is nothing like any other Nicholas Sparks novel! When I first read the prologue, I could have sworn I’d picked up the wrong book. It was so dark and disturbing. It drew me in and I barely put this book down. My boyfriend barely got a word out of me the whole time, I would use any excuse to pick up the book to carry on reading.
This novel is told from the POV of two characters; Colin a tall, tattooed, handsome what-you-see-is-what-you-get kinda guy with a violent past, and Maria a beautiful, hard working, live by the rules Latina with a disturbing past. Colin and Maria are an unlikely paring, but despite all the darkness and drama, they find love. I really liked both characters and their family and friends.
This book would have gotten a five star rating from me, if the ending wasn’t so disappointing. I have never felt so let down by a book, ever. There are so many questions to be answered, but all we got were guesses or short answers that didn’t really tell us anything. I want more! It was such an anti climax. It is unusual for me to finish a Sparks novel and feel unfulfilled.
I’ve read most, if not all, of Sparks’ novels before and I enjoy his writing style and story telling techniques. However, I must admit that this was a breathe of fresh air and I enjoyed it just as much as his others.
Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic book with a gripping story. I recommend it 100%. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the ending.
About The Author:
As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. All of Sparks’ following novels were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children. The novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.