With a fresh, distinctive voice, Kylie Kaden describes the story of a teenaged girl who disappears on a deserted beach during an end-of-school adventure, and details the impact the event had on those left behind, namely KateÃ¢â?¬â?¢s friends Frankie and Jack. IÃ¢â?¬â?¢m not usually a flash-back fan, but the author expertly weaves present day scenes (when Frankie and Jack meet again at thirty, thirteen years after the event), to the tense beach scenes that led to KateÃ¢â?¬â?¢s disappearance.
I usually have a few books on the go, but I was compelled to keep reading this one. This is the kind of romance I like Ã¢â?¬â?? one firmly based on reality. YouÃ¢â?¬â?¢ll find no swooning or heart palpitations here, so if thatÃ¢â?¬â?¢s your thing, stick to your traditional romance, but if you want likeable characters, a heart-felt tale, and donÃ¢â?¬â?¢t mind a bit of Aussie slang, this is an enjoyable and moving read. The pace is fast, without being bogged down on lengthy descriptions, but I warmed to the down-to-earth narrator (Frankie) with her insecurities and flaws, as she bravely renovates an old timber cottage, and comes to terms with her past.
Losing Kate is a hybrid, cross genre read, grounded in a love story, but with the momentum generated by the mystery surrounding what really happened to Kate. I found myself forced to keep reading just to see if Frankie and Jack manage to finally get it on.
A modern, emotive tail of second chances, friendship and loyalty that would particularly suit the New Adult market, but equally as enjoyable for those of us thirty-somethingÃ¢â?¬â?¢s who still feel like weÃ¢â?¬â?¢re fresh out of high-school (arenÃ¢â?¬â?¢t we?). Fast paced, simply written, but easy to love, this is a very promising start for the Australian author.
I should disclose that I received a pre-released copy of Losing Kate through a media contact, but I was pleasantly surprised by this promising starter from Random House (who I understand have now sold Losing Kate to Germany). A very self-assured first novel.show more
by Jamie Wright