Title: Same Deep Water
Author: Lisa Swallow
Genre: Contemporary/Mental Illness/New Adult Romance
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2015
Pages: Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Source: Gifted for Review
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble
Sometimes, believing the lies we tell ourselves is easier than dealing with the truth.
Once, I wanted to die. That was the night I met Guy.
The strange man with flowers stepped from the shadows and saved my life.
Guy. Dimpled smile. Body of a surf god. Smart and funny. Running out of time.
We became traveling companions through life, ticking off items on our bucket lists.
I’d hidden from happiness for years and kept my life under strict control. Guy showed me how to step into the world and experience more, he brought light into the shadows and helped me through the darkness.
I became Phe again. I lived.
There’s just one problem.
We fell in love and this wasn’t part of our plans.
I thought we could face the future together, but Guy has a secret which changes everything.
About the Author:
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark.
Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children, and dog.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect going into this book.
Phe (Ophelia)starts as a very damaged person. And has been on an extremely slow recovery since she was 11 and her family died. Her path was pretty believable. What happened to her and her family was more tragic than most people could ever fathom. Often times in a book where a character suffers from a form of depression the character seems to recover in a few short months. And sometimes that can happen, but in her case, it's taking years for her to get to a point where she can function like an average person.
Guy, he was an interesting character. I wasn't sure how to feel about him through most of the book. He was, at times, too chipper for it to be what he told her was wrong with her. And when the entire truth came out, I kind of expected it to be something like that. He holds a lot of secrets, and Phe, wants to trust someone so, she trust him because he doesn't judge her for the way she feels the way she feels other people in her life would judge her.
I liked that once Phe knew all the truth she reacted the way a person should in that kind of situation. But I kind of would have preferred her to not ever forgive him. He told some pretty heavy lies to her, and I would have a hard time forgiving or ever trusting someone again if told the lies she was.
This story touched on a topic that is either generally ignored, or when it is talked about it's portrayed not exactly correct. This book did the condition justice. These people were actually depressed, not just sad and calling themselves depressed. After reading this book I want to read more by this author.
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