Thursday, January 12, 2012
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Synopsis from www.goodreads.com
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
I was pretty much surprised that the grand picture of the story was reveal by the middle of the book. The story was good.
The thing that I found lacking in this novel are the characters, Katie and Alex. I don't feel the "click" with them.
I pity Katie for what she had gone through. Katie makes me thinks of a trapped rat with no where else to run and in the end it was fight or die scenario. Not a pretty sight. For me, this feeling gives me the creeps.
Alex is your overall "good guy". It's kinda hard for me to believe that he is so perfect. Maybe just a tad too perfect.
The supernatural twist in the ending was a bit hard for me to accept but it was nice all the same. It gives hope.
Overall, I liked this novel but for me this is not one of his best work.