Author: Shelby Lamb
Publisher: Grunge Books
Date of publication: September 1st, 2017
Genre: Psychological, Romance, Thriller
Number of pages: 57
POV: 1st person
Her – Book 1
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
Tinsley had always been a free spirit, until one side of her face and body got badly disfigured in an accident that killed her best friend. She has always blamed herself for Becky’s death, as she had been the one behind the wheel. Now twenty-five, she’s down and out, most of her past friends are married or engaged, and she hardly leaves the house.
Then everything changes when she meets Jax.
Jax is sexy, tall, dark and handsome, and a dream all wrapped in one. He fills her with more hope than she’d ever imagined. But Tinsley is not used to feeling so close to someone and she’s going to need all of Becky’s help to be true to her heart.
Luckily, Becky is all around. She’s in the trees, the grass, the earth. Becky is the only outside love Tinsley’s ever known, and she’s saying it’s time to discover something new.
But can and should Tinsley really let go of her?
Trigger Warning: None
I have had the pleasure of reviewing for Shelby Lamb in the past. So when she approached me to review Her, I jumped on it. I am glad I did. Her got under my skin, big time. This is not a 400-page book. It is a 50-page short story which packs a lot of psychological punch. I had Her on my mind for a few days after I read it, that is how much it affected me.
Her is about Tinsley. Tinsley was disfigured in an accident that killed her best friend, Becky. She has become housebound, only leaving the house to go jogging or to go out with her worker, Wanda. During the book, Tinsley comes to realize that she needs to move on and she needs to try to find love. It takes two chance run-ins with a mysterious man that makes Tinsley think “What if“and “Should I”
What I liked about Her is that the author makes you care about Tinsley. I wanted her to get out and enjoy life. I wanted her to realize that her disabilities shouldn’t limit her. I do believe that she starts to believe that towards the end of the book. The psychological punch was there too and the author did a great job capturing that. I do think that something is up with Tinsley though. The scene at her psychiatrist office was a huge one. Why would a Dr. who has known his patient for years call her by the wrong name? Gave me something to think about after I was done reading the book.
I liked the end of the book. Tinsley’s issues weren’t cured and the ending wasn’t a traditional happy ending. I cannot wait to read Book 2!!
My review of Her:
Her is a psychological look at Tinsley’s life after a traumatic event. It also follows her as she tries to navigate it. The plotline is simple and well written. The characters are 3D and are written in such a way that you can’t help but care about them. This is a short story that I enjoyed reading.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Older Teen
Why: A very clean book that does have some mild language in it. I would feel very comfortable letting anyone over the age of 16 read Her.
I would like to thank Shelby Lamb and Grunge Books for allowing me to read and review Her.
All opinions stated in this review of Her are mine and I received no financial compensation for this review.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**