I was first intrigued by the title of this book more than anything when I saw the front cover. I guess that’s one way to pick out a book. :-) It wasn’t a page turner as I originally expected since it was written by both romance and crime writers but the story indeed combined the romance and crime rather nicely and I wasn’t disappointed. Also, since the background of the novel is Charleston, it brought back many memories from my visit to the city about nine years ago and made me want to revisit the city with my family this time.
Among many elements in this book that made me think about life and relationships in general, what spoke to me the most was the fear of rejection and abandonment and its powerful-ness. It’s funny how we are easily affected by few people’s rejection and abandonment by them (though it this book, it turned out to be a misunderstanding caused by hidden truth) and how our future relationships with others are greatly affected by them.
Because of the hurtful past, we start trusting people less and less and avoid taking risks, thinking we are protecting ourselves from getting hurt. But the more we hide ourselves behind the wall and lock our feelings inside of us, the more hurt we cause to ourselves in the end. The truth is, it’s better to live life and get hurt in the process than not experience anything at all and rob ourselves of joy and happiness we get to taste by taking risks. From my past experiences, the joy and happiness we get to enjoy are so worth all the pain sometimes!