By a Thread by R.L. Griffin
By a Thread
Stella's future was set, and it was a bright one. She was engaged to a man she adored, and was headed to law school in the fall. Tragically, her perfectly planned future ends just as it was beginning.
With no ties to family or friends, Stella finds herself alone in a new city, spiraling out of control. Her typical day comes to a close with her passed out on the floor; sometimes clothed.
Luckily, her new roommate, essentially a stranger, is dead set on getting Stella past her grief and back to functioning within society. Putting one foot in front of the other, she climbs up from the bottom of a bottle. Even with all her progress, Stella walks through life unfeeling, numb. Defiant, she sends out warning signals for the world to keep away. But, is that what she really wants?
With the steadfast help of a few tight knit friends, she gradually begins to feel again. She starts to savor the flavor of food again; lets herself notice how the handsome bartender glances at her. Still, after allowing herself a fling, she wonders if she will ever be able to let go of her shattered past, fully enjoy the present, or get over what she thought would be her perfect future and with the man who destroyed her heart.
Kelly - 4 crowns
BOOK REVIEW: By a Thread - R.L Griffin
By a Thread is an intense story of love and loss, friendship and trust, and new-beginnings.
The synopsis overview sums up this story so beautifully, I cannot possibly give it any further justice except to tell you that this book stunned me into silence. Any story with a prologue like that, resulting in a successful literal punch to the readers gut, is highly likely to be a page-turner.
Stella is one character that I will not forget any time soon. Her grief and devastation at the sudden events that unfold early in this book are palpable and profound and will leave you reeling. Automatically, I felt a connection to her character, although the author doesn’t elaborate with flowery scene description the magic came in the dialogue, so it never felt like I was dragging my heels or guessing at every turn. This also resulted in my whole Sunday disappearing inside my kindle because once I started, I couldn’t put it down!
I would have preferred a first person narrative, but that’s just personal preference, as the characters prove their value to her plight on countless occasions through a strong support network. Even if ‘said support’ meant helping her forget by conceding to binge drinking and prying her from the bar in the small early hours. Her roommate, Patrick, was her crutch in those moments and proved his weight in gold when it came to helping Stella move forward, even when her world had stopped spinning.
Every sad story has a new love-interest and groundbreaking hero, and he comes in the form of a barman called George. He was such a breath of fresh air that I wanted to drink him in and high-five the dude with a kind heart and the patience of a saint! I don’t know how he didn’t strangle our heroine, as there were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up and see that life was finally giving her a second chance.
Stella pulls strength from her studying, as she attends Law school in DC. Here she meets Millie, a say-it-how-it-is feisty redhead who is happy to see through Stella’s cold visage and embrace her into the warm confines of friendship.
With Millie, George, Patrick and her other x-box junkie roomie, Billy, Stella realises that life may just be taking a new turn, but just when things start to look up, Stella is rocked off her axis again, and she’s not sure if this time, there will be any coming back...
Although...I did have a few reservations to the flow of this story and some of the choppy scenes, R.L Griffin has still managed to deliver a broken love story with clout! As I said before, I think a first person narrative would have further empowered Stella’s emotional condition, and possibly have given a deeper impact to the plot and storyline.
The ending was a conundrum as it left the door open to many questions which was a little frustrating. I ended this book with a frown which is why it lost a star. I personally believe it could have been structured a little better, however, book two is available now so I will be jumping on that shortly to see where Stella’s story takes her next.
Some of my favourite quotes:
She was held together by a thread. Not even strong fishing wire, but the kind of thread that could fray and break in the wind. A thread that could unravel at any moment, scattering and smashing all the pieces of her that she was trying desperately to keep forever.
“I want to tell you that you are beautiful, you know that? Inside and out.” He kissed her left shoulder blade. “But you are broken. I plan on fixing you.”
“You’re really hard to love, but even harder to get over.”
As you can see... Well worth a read!