I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.
Series: The Shaw Confessions #2
Published by Simon & Schuster on November 13, 2018
Genres: Young Adult
In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.
Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.
He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.
He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.
This book contains subjects relating to suicide, depression,and self-harm.
Overall, I am just a big fan of this series and this world. I remember reading the first Mara Dyer book and it really grabbed my attention. Part of that reason, of course, was Noah. I wasn’t always sure how I felt about him because he is a very complicated and damaged character. The Reckoning of Noah Shaw continues our journey with Noah as we piece together the sometimes tragic, sometimes confusing bits that make Noah who he is and shed some light on how he can move forward. It;s hard to give this book the review I want to without giving away major spoilers, so I will try to give you a feel for what’s in store for Noah and Goose in this book.
The story has a disjunct feel to it, especially in the latter part of the book. It’s not quite in the same vein of an unreliable narrator, but almost. (I am always a huge sucker for that). The story does jump around a bit, timeline-wise, to things in Noah’s history before Mara, to things that happened in the Mara Dyer books, but from Noah’s perspective, of course. The beginning of the book fills in some missing parts of Noah’s story that we didn’t get in the first series and it was something I remember wondering about at the time. I love that especially because I always feel that you see more when getting the same story from a different angle. It kind of made me want to re-read the Mara series with all of my new-found perspective.
This is a dark book and while it is well done, it is pretty intense. I will say that there is a wicked cliff hanger. I even saw someone (can’t remember who) refer to it as “weapons grade” which is so true. It got me! If you haven’t picked up this series, yet, but want to know more about everyone in Noah and Mara’s world, I highly recommend The Reckoning of Noah Shaw.
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