Published by Touchstone on February 10th 2015
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Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.
Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.
Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You; the cover is a bit creepy and the blurb led me to think the story was about a friendship gone bad, so how did that add up?
I’ll tell you how – it adds up to an intense tale of childhood bullying, loss, and an opportunity for the malignant to get their hooks into your psyche. So, yeah, Crazy Love You is a psychological thriller that had me on the seat of my pants, wondering
how if Ian would resolve the Priss issue before something happened to him – or to his fiancée Megan. Permanently.
Unger amps up the heat and action slowly. We meet Ian as a child (as does Priss), as he’s going through the (normal) growing pains of sibling rivalry and jealousy. But when things go south for Ian’s family, he’s left adrift in the emotions he doesn’t know how to process or handle. The adults in his family are unable to help (or unwilling to realize he needs help), so in steps Priss to the rescue. She’s his sounding board and his instigator, the enabler of his rage and dark thoughts. Priss is pretty much the girl you don’t take home to meet anybody, but it’s not like Ian has anyone else. And growing up in a small town when you don’t have anyone, is a rotten circumstance for any kid. Ian’s bullied and ostracized, and grows up to be pretty much a loner. At least he’s able to turn his crappy experiences and his art skills into a pretty successful comic-book career…
It takes a while for Ian to realize something’s not quite right with Priss. It’s like he knows she’s more than she seems, in a “more insert-adjective-here” kinda way. But it’s almost like he doesn’t want to learn the truth about her – until he’s forced to. And then, after you’ve run through all the drama and the angst, it’s a race against time to figure Priss out.
Crazy Love You had me hooked from the first page to the last, and I was almost disappointed at turning the last page because it meant the story was done. Definitely add this to your reading list if you enjoy a well-written mess-with-your-mind kinda book.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Crazy Love You? What did you think?