Through To You

3 Dec

Cover art for audiobook version of Through To You by Emily Hainsworth
Camden Pike has been grieving since the day his girlfriend Viv died in a car crash. One day while visiting her memorial site, he sees a ghostly figure. The apparition isn’t a ghost, and it’s not Viv. Rather, it is a girl named Nina, who comes from a parallel world – a world in which Viv is very much alive and still in love with Cam. Given the opportunity to be with Viv again, to take back his goodbye, is a relief and he begins splitting his days between the two worlds. But things are different in this parallel world, Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers, and Nina is hiding something from him. Meanwhile, the portal between the two worlds is shrinking, and Cam is forced to choose which world is the one for him.

I had high expectations going into Through To You and while I thought the story was well-written, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The trouble was that while I believed Cam’s grief and his feelings for Viv, I never felt them. It was a very unemotional read for me. The story is also fairly predictable and the publisher’s summary (and mine above, sorry) perhaps gives too much away, although there was one twist that I didn’t see coming. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty that I appreciate about Hainsworth’s debut novel. For one, I thought the romantic element was well done; it was believable and never once triggered my gag reflex. While I’m down for a good all-out sci-fi story, I also appreciate how much this book reads like contemporary fiction, albeit with a parallel world thing going on. I thought the pacing was solid, the length felt just right, and (ta da!) it’s a stand-alone!

I also had mixed feelings about the audio recording. While I thought the reader Jesse Bernstein did a fabulous job at capturing the voice of Camden Pike, he was not quite as successful with the female characters, in particular Viv and Nina. Unfortunately, this made it difficult to connect with anyone but Cam. The film rights to Through To You have already been acquired, and I do think that in the hands of the right people, this story could translate beautifully to the big screen. While this wasn’t the perfect read for me, it was still enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from Emily Hainsworth.

Em’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Reader: Jesse Bernstein
Publishers: Harper Audio (October 2012)

3 Responses to “Through To You”

  1. elena 04. Dec, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Aw no, I’m sorry this one was so unemotional for you! I hate it when a book ends up disappointing, especially when I have high expectations. I’m glad it was well-written & a standalone though, yay.

  2. capillya 07. Dec, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I like that this is reads like a contemporary but with some sci-fi bits thrown in. Going to give it a try for sure.

    And UGH I feel ya on those stories where the romantic element is puke-inducing.

  3. VeganYANerds 29. Dec, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I saw the cover but I have heard mixed things about it so far, and your review confirms it. I do like that the romance is well done but I don’t like when blurbs give everything away!

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