3 Oct 2013

REVIEW: Pulling Me Under (Pulling Me Under #1) by Rebecca Berto


Paul was Katie’s rock for thirteen years, but then she watched him die.

By day, she is left with her daughter Ella’s questions about where Daddy went, and at night she's consumed with nightmares of the moment he died. It isn’t long before Katie’s mother hints that her volatile lifestyle and developing drinking habits are no way to raise a little girl.

Through it all, her and Paul’s best friend, Liam is there. Grieving the death of both husband and friend, the time they spend together seems more intimate these days, and Katie soon stumbles into taboo territory: Liam might be in love with her.

Torn between Liam’s feelings and losing Ella, one night Katie runs.

Air. Space. Thinking time. That's what she thinks she's getting when she stumbles upon that party. In the morning, in a strange bed, she can’t remember the night before. 

Pulling Me Under is raw in its brutality of love and pain, with slow-building suspense to a heart-stopping conclusion.

My Thoughts

I honestly enjoyed Pulling Me Under a lot more than it's prequel, Precise. I felt a connection with the characters in this book, and thinking back to Precise, it definitely paves the road for this story.

Pulling Me Under is set five years ahead of Precise. After her husband's death, Katie develops PTSD. For the first part of the book, I was thinking "Oh no! She's turned into her mother!" A lot of her mother Rochelle's traits had definitely surfaced in Katie at the beginning of this book. To forget and drown out her inner voice, Katie turns to the bottle.

After stumbling upon a nearby party one night, Katie's world begins to change. After not remembering what happened at the party, she slowly realises that she needs help - for both her daughter Ella's sake, and for her own.

Katie has a lot of inner strength. I felt like I was there beside her on her journey throughout the story - for the bad,and the good, and the highs and the lows. 

Although I found the first half of the book a little slow, it certainly builds pace towards the end. I ended up being addicted to the story, and found the end to be amazing! It wasn't what I expected, and I certainly didn't see it coming!

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

My Rating


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