Book Title: All The Breaking Waves
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Paranormal, Domestic Suspense
Date Read: 12/02/16
Pub Date: 12/06/16
After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.
Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.
Kudos to Kerry Lonsdale for breaking out into something new; while this story holds true to her previous themes that fall heavily in the women’s fiction genre, this story had an entirely different feel to it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize based on the description that this book had a paranormal element to it, but the author played it off well and gave it more of a magical realism projection than anything too heavily supernatural. While Everything We Keep did deal with some heavier subjects, the overall feeling was light, romantic, and uplifting. All The Breaking Waves also contains some of that carefree, romantic aspect but is overall more serious, dramatic, and heavy. I’m really pleased that the author has shown how versatile her writing is; not just anyone could bring out the best in all different subjects and make them work together how they should.
This truly falls more in the mystery and suspense category, as there is an ongoing tension and gritty compulsion to this story that makes it a teeth grinding ride. Having young daughters myself, I was able to place us in those character’s shoes easily and feel what it must have been like for Molly and Cassie to experience such disturbing, nightmarish abilities. I cannot imagine being so thoroughly helpless in assisting my daughter’s escape from her destiny that nowhere on earth was far enough to run. Once they decide to pack up for a visit to Nana’s house, we begin to experience a bit of the back story behind Molly’s abilities early on as well. I found these passages the most interesting and easiest to read.
This was a complex, multi-layered story full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue; Kerry Lonsdale has proven once again that her talent extends far beyond light and fluffy chick lit. This was extremely well written, proven by how difficult it was for me to stomach at times due to so vividly picturing the characters and how it might feel to be placed in their unattractive scenario. I love how the author always includes a glimmer of hope to keep her books fresh and current; even while we’re dealing with the heavy subjects she manages to make them readable and relatable. If you like books with all the aspects of a mystery and suspense, but hate the shallow feel of most thrillers, this book might be the one for you. Take a chance on this one and peel back the layers to get to the heart of this tale; I think you’ll find this book is far from just another women’s fictional novel.
*Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my early copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review. The paperback edition is truly one of the most beautiful covers I’ve had the privilege of viewing in 2016; it’s soft and perfectly ties into the story.