Review | What About Her by Emma Tharp (@EmmaTharpAuthor)

14 April 2017



Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

Emma contacted me a little while ago asking if I would like to read her book and I was really intrigued by the concept. Kate's best friend is missing and she thinks she's alive but the town, including Willow's parents, are ready to move on. Since the disappearance of Willow, her boyfriend has been hostile towards Kate but that needs to stop when they're assigned as partners. 

I loved reading Kate and River's interactions and seeing how their relationship developed as we moved through the story. Kate mentions her thoughts on Willow's disappearance through the book but this book focuses more on the relationship between the two of them. 

This book didn't pan out the way I thought it would, I wasn't disappointed by that, I enjoyed that part of the story but I felt like there should have been more focus on the disapperance since Kate seemed so adamant at the start that she didn't believe Willow was missing. I think we will get more of that in the following book with the ending to this one and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment and seeing where Emma takes the story from here.

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