Hope is a dangerous thing. I know that more than most. Everything good I’ve ever had has been stolen from me — my friends, my fiance, my innocence, some would say even my sanity. All I have left is the cage. Fighting is the only thing that eases the ache inside me even a little. It’s the only thing that keeps the bottle at bay.
I was content to ride out my life alone. I was done dreaming that things could be better. But then I met Grace, and suddenly, I couldn’t not dream.
She’s battling those same demons, only she’s losing. I don’t want to care, but something about her calls to me. That pain in her eyes is so sharp, so familiar. I know it’s only a matter of time before it pulls her below the surface.
I can help her, and maybe, just maybe, she can help me too. For the first time in what feels like forever, I’ve got hope, and that scares the hell out of me..
J&G : 3 Stars
“Together, we can beat this.”
Jenny: Grace For Drowning tells the story of two people lost in a void painful memories and who find and had found solace at the bottom of a bottle. This was a story about sadness, loss, grief and how just one person believing in you and caring enough to take a chance on you can make a difference.
“Things may be dark right now, but I have to believe it’s still out there somewhere.”
Both Grace and Logan became an emotional crutch for one another as they dealt with loss, grief, guilt and pain, but what started out as friendship soon grew into something much deeper and how they handled those intense feelings would either be their saviour or their downfall.
‘Here eyes were the worst. Hollow, haunted, empty. It was a look I knew all too well. I saw it every morning in the mirror when I woke up.’
I commend Maya Cross’s telling of this story because she really did tackle tough and sensitive matter subject and I wish I could have felt the heart crushing emotion I had anticipated. It hurts me to say that it didn’t quite get there for me. I was invested in Grace for Drowning and had to see it through to the end and know how they fared, however given the nature of the story and the depth of Grace’s grief and guilt together with the severe PTS Logan was fighting, sadly their story didn’t move me to the degree I had expected.
‘Pain has a way of stripping you down, burning away your masks until it’s just the core that’s left. We found each other because of that…’
Grace and Logan were two beautiful characters, two broken souls who seemed so adrift in themselves and felt such hopelessness that you couldn’t help but feel for them, but I wanted and needed to experience more of their raw emotion and feel it deep in my heart but sadly I felt a little disconnected along the way as I was hearing, rather than ‘living’ their journey. There was true beauty and sadness in Maya Cross’s telling of Grace and Logan’s story, but it didn’t quite reach the pinnacle I had hoped for. What about you Gitte?
Gitte: I have to say I applaud Maya Cross for tackling some pretty heavy hitting issues in Grace for Drowning. It could and should have been an absolute sob fest of a read as everything was there for it to be so. But no Jenny, sadly it just didn’t work for me overall. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. This is gutting as it could have been brilliant!! Don’t get me wrong; I had to finish Logan and Grace’s story as I enjoyed many aspects of it. I was invested enough in them to see how their relationship panned out as well as their own individual road of healing. There were definitely some really beautiful moments; some tragically so.
‘An addiction is a living thing. It’s insidious, it’s powerful, and it will do anything to ensure it gets fed. It hijacks your body and whispers in your ear, and it knows exactly what to say to snake it’s way past your guard.’
For me the strength of the emotional part of Logan and Grace’s relationship was lacking and the timeline and resolutions were not quite believable, also there was not enough ‘afters’ in my opinion. I would’ve loved to have experienced them working through it together in order to fully understand the characters and feel their struggles as well as believe in them as a couple. I guess in some ways I felt I was told rather than left to experience everything as the story slowly progressed to suddenly feel rushed with unnecessary angst in the last 20%. That being said, my heart went out to both characters as they each had their demons to fight and an inability to start living again.
“Hope is a dangerous thing.”
I thought the writing was absolutely flawless and Grace For Drowning had the makings of what could have been a fantastic read. I also loved having both POV’s as it helped understand the depth and extent of the suffering and pain. ♥
“I don’t know if I have the strength to fight this.”
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**