Review: What Beauty There Is

Hello friends! I have a great book to share with you all today! Let me know if this book interests you or if you’ve also read this book, in the comments!

About the Book:

Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.

Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

Choices. They come at a price.

My Review:

Oh man this book wrecked me. I knew from reading that the synopsis that What Beauty There Is would be an emotionally charging book, but I was not prepared at all for all that I just read. 

Things I liked:

  • I thought this would be a more character-driven book so I had low expectations for a thrilling plot, but this books totally defied those expectations. This book is classified as a thriller on Goodreads, and I would agree with that. It is action-packed and what’s at stake for the characters is very high. The plot fast-paced and kept me on the edge of the seat the entire time, and I really appreciated the short chapters. 
  • All the characters were super well-developed! Jack was a compelling character; he would do anything for his little brother Matty and that was what motivated throughout the entire book, sending him on his dangerous journey of trying to save his younger brother. Ava is very interesting, and I really enjoyed whenever we had hr perspective. I was rooting for Jack, Matty and Ava the whole way through and it was so full of twists and turns that I really had no idea whether or not it was all going to work out for them in the end.
  • The writing was beautiful! I couldn’t believe that this was a debut book, as the writing was so atmospheric and descriptive. It aided the suspense of the plot and the desperation of the characters so well, and I had a hard time putting this books down.

Overall, this was such a strong debut, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional rollercoaster. 

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