A Touching Mystery/Romance

When I'm Gone: A NovelWhen I’m Gone: A Novel by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this audiobook with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. This is the second book that I’ve read by this author and I have to say that I enjoyed this book quite a bit. As expected, it was a very sentimental read. However, it wasn’t the depressing tearjerker that I had imagined it would be.

Luke Richardson has just buried his wife, Natalie. He is now a single father, trying his best to hold it all together when he really just wants to curl into a ball and hide. His pain was palpable.

Natalie was the focal-point of his life and the glue that held everything together. Even in death, she manages to keep Luke and her family on track. She’s written letters, each to be delivered on specific dates, offering guidance and encouragement to Luke.

At first, the letters serve as the push that Luke needs to keep going through the motions. However, as time passes, the letters become both a blessing and a curse. He can’t let go if he’s hanging on to his past.

Over the course of the book, it becomes clear that Natalie had some pretty big secrets of her own. Little by little the truth comes out, causing Luke to question everything he thought he knew about the woman he loved. Appearances can be deceiving and everything was not as it seemed on the surface.

Meanwhile, Luke’s relationship with Natalie’s best friend, Annie, takes on a life of it’s own. What was first friendship and support between two grieving individuals, soon becomes more. Yet, Annie’s life is not without it’s own set of complications.

Although this was a sentimental story with some emotional moments, it felt mostly like a mystery novel. I wouldn’t say that it felt suspenseful, but it certainly kept you wondering exactly what Natalie had been up to. As much as I enjoyed the love story, this one was all about figuring out Natalie’s secret for me.

All in all, I thought this was a great story. I listened to the Audible version and the narration was good. It is a standalone and won’t leave you with any lingering questions. If you’re looking for a nice, sweet, story with a big mystery, this is a wonderful choice.

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6 thoughts on “A Touching Mystery/Romance

    1. Thank you so much, Jess! That is very kind of you. I’m actually brand new to blogging. Although, I’ve been writing reviews for quite some time now. I read so much that I started writing reviews because I needed to keep track of what I’d read. I would find myself re-reading books that I’d already read before, getting half-way through before it all came back to me. So, I began writing reviews as a reminder to myself. Before I start a new book, I check my “read” shelf. 🙂 xoxo

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