Title: See Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | Indigo | Barnes & Noble
Summary: Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he’s focused only on walking a straight line — getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life. As for Maria, the hardworking lawyer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Colin will challenge every notion she’s ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy. Before the couple has a chance to envision what a life together might look like, however, menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tentative bonds they have forged, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour? See Me is a story of obsession, reinvention and a love that defies every expectation, reminding us that destiny often rests in our own hands-even in matters of the heart.
The story centers around Maria and Colin, the former a lawyer from a well-to-do family and the daughter of successful Mexican immigrants, the latter a troubled soul who is trying to move on from his dark past. The story fits the typical Sparks formula of two small-town people from opposite ends of the tracks coming together in a journey consisting of obstacles that will likely break your heart into pieces. It’s a formula that works, which is why Sparks is still successful to this day.
The details of their individual backgrounds were established early on in the story, which was interesting as it paved enough room for their relationship to flourish in a way that didn’t make it seem random and unjustified. I could see why Maria fell for Colin, and vice versa. Their individual stories were engrossing and I found myself equally immersed in both. Together, they were better; with their Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship and being exactly what the other was missing in their lives, I found myself rooting for them to please, please make it.
The second half was where things got even more interesting. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Sparks can write suspense/thriller. Some of the plot twists were fairly easy to figure out while other aspects of the story kept me guessing right to the end. I’m sure fans will not be disappointed with the different direction he takes in this story. And yes, like every other Nicholas Sparks book I’ve read, this too made me cry. I sincerely hope the trend of turning his books into movies continues with this one, because it’s definitely something I’d gladly love to see come to life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million copies in the United States alone. (via Amazon)