Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur
Published on: 20 June 2015
Published by: Cathedral Rock Press
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Favorite quote: “When someone shares the happy stories of their life, it’s always beautiful. But when someone shares their pain with you, it’s almost more profound. More valuable.”
It’s been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he’s chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City.
But Erik’s unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John “Opie” Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again.
It has been weeks—even months, actually—when I finished reading this book and the story is still there at the back of my mind. That, I think, is Ms Laqueur’s most amazing talent: to write something that can and will stick to you for a very long time.
Her stories are like the collision of two stars in a far distant place in the universe, millions of years ago. Even now, we can still feel the effects of this massive event.
Let’s start with the characters because I love talking about characters and character development and I especially love the characters in The Fish Tales Series. This is a parallel narrative; events happening in The Man I Love were told in the perspective of Daisy Bianco, the love of Erik Fiskare’s life.
What this novel has achieved is to unfold what was in Daisy’s mind before, during and after the devastating event that was going to change their entire lives. And as a result, it made the reader understand Daisy’s disposition more.
But my favorite characters are still Will and David, even more so in David because you can see another deeper layer of his character in this novel.
The dialogue ran smoothly all the way and I particularly love the part where lines or quotes previously mentioned are remembered by Daisy, as if they are some kind of literary flashbacks.
The novel was consistent through and through. My only problem was how, somewhere in the middle, the novel began relying too heavily on Daisy’s letters to friends and acquaintances.
This novel has succeeded in showing depth and layers of vulnerability of the characters in TMIL. However, while it has moved me in ways that The Man I Love has not (hint: “Come back to me.” *cries*), it personally has not exceeded the first novel.
But it’s still an amazing read and I highly recommend it to people who want to have an amazing fictional and emotional experience, not a light read. Because Ms Laqueur’s novels are anything but.