The Perfect Place by Kol Anderson ~ Review by Caroline

If you have read anything by Kol Anderson before you know his books can be dark and gritty.  The Perfect Place is not one of those books, well not in the usual way.

21840924Title: The Perfect Place

Author: Kol Anderson

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When Liam Dailey arrives in his hometown of Flint Hill, Virginia because of a family tragedy, he has every intention of leaving with the first flight back. Unfortunately, when he encounters long time ex Jackson Brooks, things start taking a turn for the worse and Liam finds himself getting stuck in a spiral again. Will he ever be able to leave?

My View

Sometimes you read a book that will leave you gobsmacked. Then you start asking yourself ‘really?  What was that all about’. You may try different scenarios in your head to try and work it out. You will wonder for a good while after ‘so, what happened next?’ ……….. This is that book!!

This story begins with 6 year old Liam and 10 year Jax and an innocent friendship. Liam comes from a loving and mostly supportive family, does well at school and is showing promising signs with his art. Jax skips school whenever he can, has a father that beats him frequently and a mother who doesn’t seem to care.

For all their differences these two boys strike up a friendship that will later see them become lovers and their lives will stay entwined for three decades.

Liam is 32 when he returns to his small hometown for his fathers funeral. Jax is living there after their relationship failed 6 years previously. Liam is hoping for a quick dash into town for the funeral avoiding his past but when he is snowed in for days he has to face his old friend and lover and things don’t always go well.

Their story is told in flashbacks and some of it is not pretty. Liam is in another relationship now and at first glance I thought maybe this was a story of regret and Jax was out to win his old boyfriend back. Liam obviously has some mental health problems fuelled by things that Jax did when they were a couple.

With his medication and phone calls to his current boyfriend seeming to keep Liam grounded whilst he is visiting his past I was beginning to think that maybe he would resolve old issues with Jax and was trying to work out where this story was going. Well, then I got to the end of the book and bloody hell you have to hand it Kol, when the twist in this story comes it is brilliant, confusing and a true WTF moment!!

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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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