Author: Emma Scott
Published on: February 9, 2016
Genres: New Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 274
Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.
Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.
Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.
How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.
“Do you think about us? What we had?” My chest ached at the longing in her voice. The fearful tentative reaching across the space between us. “Every minute,” I said. “I think about us every minute of my life. All I do is think about us.”
How To Save A Life was not the type of story that I anticipated it to be. It was full of emotional intensity and drama. What surprised me the most was that the story stretched the realm of my imagination. ***Ok, I know the book is listed as paranormal but I don’t quite agree with that. To mean its more spiritual or Native American based spirituality. Which you either believe in or don’t and I believe in it to an extent. ***. I initially had some mixed feelings about that, but the more I think back on it, the more I realized just how much I enjoyed this novel.
The story centers on Josephine and Evan. We get the chance to see the story from both of their POVs. Josephine comes from a tragic past. She bears the scars from it, but she’s learned to take control in her own way. She’s always the new girl in town, so she’s used to not having anyone. Evan, life Josephine, has not had it easy. He was adopted at a young age. His adoptive family doesn’t always treat him well. Evan was such a sweet and caring guy, but one incident in his past had him labeled as the town freak.
I loved the connection between Josephine and Evan. Their relationship developed quickly. It almost felt like insta-love, but I surprisingly didn’t mind that since their connection came across as believable. They were both outcast in their own right and somehow they were able to gravitate towards one another. They helped to balance each other out. The compassion, friendship, and feelings that they shared with each other was special and they both clung to that.
From the beginning of this story you just knew something was going to tear everything apart. It left me eagerly anticipating what was to come. What occurred was both intense and heartbreaking. While I was fully invested in this story, I did feel that it lacked in a few areas. There were certain scenes that I wish had been expanded upon and I would have loved to see more backstory about Evan’s home life. Overall I enjoyed this story. I’d be down to read Emma Scott again.
“But the broken pieces in me that faintly cried to be put back together were reaching for whatever it was she was offering.”