**I was provided with an eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**
This Is What Goodbye Looks Like is my third book by Olivia Rivers that I have read this year (check out my review for Tone Deaf and In the Hope of Memories by clicking on the titles), but this time we did another Three Bloagteers buddy read (meaning Cátia, Cristina and me read together and yes … I totally just made that name for our group up!). I think we never had such fervent discussions about any of our buddy reads before and all of that without actually disagreeing in most parts. But let’s dive into the review!
I very much enjoy Rivers style of writing, or I obviously wouldn’t continue to read her books. It’s easy, accessible and just flows extremely nicely without her ever forgetting to give the characters depth and flaws. I very much appreciate that she is not afraid to include disabilities and show how people can still cope and live as full of a life as others. However, this time the MC was a bit more difficult. Lea’s behaviour had reasoning behind it, I can’t deny that, but it was still majorly twisted. I get that people do weird things when they are grieving, but it went way too far. Still, I liked the story, but then somewhere around the 2/3 mark of it all it took an odd turn.
It was clear from the beginning that everything would blow up in Lea’s face at one point or another. I was scared of that moment, but also anticipating it. When it finally came, it wasn’t resolved in the way I had hoped it would. There was a definite lack of confrontation and explanation. The focus was put on Camille, Lea’s sister, instead of Seth and Lea’s relationship and that shift somehow didn’t make sense for me. It made some previous events redundant and unnecessary, which is really a shame. I won’t go into more detail though, because I don’t want to spoil anyone.
Ultimately, it was an interesting story about how guilt can cripple you and how you have to decide for yourself when to let go and what to truly take responsibility for. It was a story about family, friendship and love and while I do not agree with everything that happened in the end, I don’t regret reading This Is What Goodbye Looks Like at all.
Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! A twisted read that took a different turn in the end than I thought it would.
Have you read a book by Olivia Rivers? Are you considering checking out this one?