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What would you do if your happiness lies hidden in the cracks of multiple lifetimes?
Rachel Brooks is looking for love. Someone to see her and appreciate her for who she is. Yet, her strong personality and personal failures seem to always get in the way. Heartbroken, she flies halfway around the world to India to find inner peace and search for The One. But as luck – and the Karmic laws of the universe – would have it, she finds instead Ayen – a girl who uncannily looks like her, and whose fate intertwines with hers in a way that places Rachel on a path of a choice that could lead to one ugly thing: Rachel’s death.
~ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review~
When finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her and her work is nothing but ordinary, Rachel drops everything in her life and goes to India in search of self-discovery.
This book was pretty boring, with a plot that made no sense and devastatingly under developed characters. Like nothing in this book makes any sense?
Rachel is such an unreliable narrator, and most books can make it work but this one doesn’t. She meets random people and falls in love with them in the space of two seconds? I get insta-love, but the “love” in this was very confusing. Her reasoning to go to India is very vague. The only time I liked Rachel was when she chewed out her ex-boss for saying he doesn’t see colour when a work mate makes a racist dig at her. Don’t even get me started on her cheating boyfriend. Who literally turns around and spews deep meaningful things at her and then asks her to marry him? Plus, I’m glad she does turn him down.
Rachel is pretty ignorant and really unaware of how culturally different India is? There’s a scene where someone asks her if she knows any Hindi and she replies that she doesn’t but English is commonly spoken there. Hindi is spoken by the majority of the population, and since she knows she’s going to be there for a prolonged period of time and to find ‘inner peace’, why not at least learn the language enough to navigate your way around?
Baltimore’s depiction of India is rather bland. She just chucks the words caste system, busy train lines & shopping stalls and names of random Indian delicacies. Considering this is supposed to be the first in a trilogy, no scene was really set or established well enough in the novel to have some sort of impact.
And then Rachel meets Ayen, a runaway from Sudan who was in pursuit of an education but sold as a sex slave. (I think so, it’s not very clear as it what really happened to her). Through Rachel’s spiritual visions, she finds out that she is supposed to kill Ayen or it will lead to her death. What happens for the rest of the novel was really confusing. Both girls are supposed to kill the other in order to achieve something (Rachel aims for love, while Ayen wants an educaton). But Ayen tries to run away but finds herself killing Rachel before returning to the UK to continue her education.
Ayen then adopts the name Nadia and assimilates into a life as a university student. She falls in love with a boy, and she then later finds out she’s pregnant?? She originally decides to have an abortion but decides against it when something goes wrong with the procedure and it’s also twins. What really annoyed was the lack of empathy? She’s so emotionless considering what she has been through and the way she and her boyfriend spoke to each was so unrealistic. Who goes to their boyfriend of like three months and goes, “Oh, yeah, by the way, I’m pregnant,” Considering their age, and no proper development on their relationship, it was weird when they decide to get married. Nothing in the book really suggest they really liked each other considering they met like 5 pages ago.
And then it gets even more confusing when the story moves 18 years forward and the twins have grown up and its revealed that her daughter is actually the reincarnation of Rachel?? And she literally forces her mother to go back to Sudan because she killed someone ages ago and if she didn’t, she would die?
I’m just gonna end this review here, because I’m reading back and it’s messy as hell. Overall, a pretty plain novel with a confusing plot, underdeveloped characters and I really don’t see how it could get better.