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The One That Got Away: A DI Heather Filson Novel

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I really don’t have anything negative to say about it, I kept wanting more and had a hard time putting it down.

The one that got away” as the title indicates, tells us the story of a girl and a boy who were in love but drifted apart. I finished this book in around a day an a half, and in a classic Charlotte Rixon style, the prose is unfussy, to-the-point and fast-paced. The ending and the wrap up secret from Aidan felt like it happened a bit quickly and resolved quickly too. We follow them through college in this dual timeline which also sees them 20 years on in their very different but similarly unhappy lives.I loved these characters, but I was annoyed at their sometimes rash decisions in the earlier timeline, and like many of us when we were young, they didn’t always make good decisions. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. Benjamin felt he never amounted to anything where his sons character was attributable to him raising Aiden.

There are many heavy topics and triggers throughout the course of the book that are meant to serve as a strengthener to their love but also a major conflict to their relationship. Romantic love, I’ve found, takes different shapes, and presents itself in unique ways over the course of your lifetime. I think everyone would this well-plotted love story that is not a love story, but something so much more. This novel tackled many heavy topics with grace and finesse and I respected the author’s ability to weave such dimensional and multifaceted characters, who were inherently human and therefore flawed, in a story that felt real and gut-wrenching. I really enjoyed this book and don’t understand why there are so many negative reviews, it’s not a light and fluffy read, but real life isn’t like Bridget Jones.Instinctively, he knows that they are meant for each other, but a devastating mistake on their last night at university will take their lives in very different directions.

Although elements of the ending I found implausible, I felt Rixon wrote well and sensitively about complex issues. When an unthinkable event happens that separates them, their lives lead different paths for 20 years . There are some pretty great twists along the way that are cleverly hidden in plain sight, which keeps the momentum of the story going right when it could start to get predictable. Ben and Clara tell their story over alternating time periods from when they met at university to the present. Then, two years later, something happens on their last day at university and they split up, never to see each other again.Leaving behind her husband and job Clara races to the city under attack in hopes to find news that Benjamin wasn’t hurt in the bombing.

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