Review: Sever by J.M. Miller

Review: Sever by J.M. MillerSever by J.M. Miller
Publication Date: January 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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Synopsis

Synopsis

One simple decision can end a future.

One simple persuasion can sever a life.

The moment Annisyn Kane slips her rake pick into the lock of a stranger's door, the straight life she's led the last few years is scratched out. In the past, the goal was never theft. It was to escape. From life. From death. To quiet the dreams that replayed an affliction she longed to forget. This night, though, was different. She was out of options.

The isolated house was supposed to be an easy target. In and out. No problems. But the simple job takes a twisted turn when Annisyn comes face to face with the only real love she ever had.

Five years ago, she could have persuaded Damian Mead to stay. But she wasn't willing to be the end of his future, so she let him go. Before the emotions from their tangled past have a chance to spin between them, Annisyn discovers that their startling encounter is the least of the night's problems. There's someone else in the house who has issues with the past, and the only thing on his mind is revenge.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Review

“I’d made a fatal decision once. It was a decision I would have repeated over and over without hesitation, but I’d also wondered about the what ifs.”

We know that past decisions can impact and taint us in such a way that they shape a crooked path for our future.  This is Annisyn Kane.  One decision has tainted her like a drop of poison.  Every decision she makes and each step she takes is based on a decision she would not change, but that continues to haunt her.

“His timing was perfect, tapping out the master beat resonating in my ears, making me ache deep inside. Best music lesson ever”

Damian Mead aka “Stripes” is the little boy that was constantly bullied as a child…until Syn came along. She inspired him in the beginning. But, as events unfold, we learn that he also had a large impact on her life. They clicked the first time they ever met as children, and somehow, even with time apart, this connection remains.

“He’s blown everything good in his life. His scholarship.  His future.  Every opportunity he’s every had.”

In his younger life, Seth Mead had it all.   But in one rash and unwise decision, he lost it. He has never let go of his hatred stemming from this event, which leads us to wonder what will quench his need for revenge.

“No offense, Syn, but you don’t know me anymore.  You have no clue what I’ve been through in the last six years, so save the offhanded lectures.  I’ve heard it all before.”

Tanner was Syn’s best friend growing up.  Like the other characters in our story, he goes through a metamorphosis that opens doors for a future that he may have never chosen for himself.

We step in Sever on a note of mystery.  Syn has unknowingly entered the home of someone who previously meant everything to her. But, in a twisted and calculated turn of events, we find she has become prey for someone from her past who is angry about not getting what he could have had.  She is in a desperate situation with the man she thought she’d never see again, Damain.  Remembering an earlier time growing up we find out how all of our characters come into play. We meet Tanner, Seth, and Damian.  Each of these characters have left their own trail of influence with Syn, some bringing her great enjoyment and comfort, others causing her pain and agony.  We are given the stories of Syn’s family life and the tragedy she has endured along with the secret that she is hiding.  Hazing back into the present, we are shown an obvious and painful picture of the intruder who has scripted this scene in which she and Damian now find themselves.  He is crazy and looking for revenge.  He remembers the past too..with Damian and Syn, and believes in an eye for an eye. Periodically new snippets of the past are woven into the story to make the details of the present more comprehensible. The further the story progresses the more  secrets that are revealed and lead us down a path that seems to have no pleasant outcome.

J.M. Miller masterfully brought us an overwhelming story of light shining through tragedy and darkness. The shifting in the story from past to present was done in such a way that I was able to gain further insight into the history of the characters and place it with events, emotions, characteristics that surrounded the present. The beautiful love story between Damian and Syn was, at times, heartbreaking, but also left me intrigued and with a desire to know more of their story.  I was overcome with rage as I read her representation of Seth and his own destructive ways that led to his involvement in the story, a life wasted with no resurrecting qualities.  And, in its finality, seeing Tanner sacrifice to make things right had me grabbing a box of tissues and bawling like a baby.  I was carried from one emotion to the next with Sever, and am so glad I made the journey.

One of my favorite quotes from Sever that perfectly describes Sever in my thoughts…

“It was strong and tender.  Brave and fearful, joyous and tortured.  It was perfect.”

4.5 Stars

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