ARC Review: The Ones Who Got Away

Title: The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away #1)

Author: Roni Loren

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Pages: 384

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

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4 stars

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

A fun and easy read. When an old classmate comes into the scene, you never know what history they have together, so it’s intriguing. 

I thought this would be a full on series following the lives of Olivia and Finn, but it turns out to be a standalone series. In the next installment will be someone else’s story and I have my bets on a certain character already.

The story is actually kind of sad in a way. I can’t relate to ‘The Ones Who Got Away’ but I can feel a portion of their pain and confusion. They knew the reason why they weren’t shot because the kills weren’t random at all. They don’t know whether they should be thankful or not for being alive. I can guess that this story is inspired by school massacres in the past and we wonder how the survivors cope with life, well this series just might give light to that.

“You’re leading the devil to her doorstep again.” 
From the very moment Finn mentioned he’s working undercover for the FBI, I was already looking forward to some action happening. Like one of his enemies would get to him and they’ll be in harms way. I badly wanted to see him in hero mode and it just didn’t happen which is why I gave it four stars out of five.
“I didn’t want a house. I wanted to be a home.” 
This line right here broke me. You don’t need to know the full details, but reading this one line alone would make you feel how the character said it would feel.
It was everything she wanted and nothing she could have. 
I really would love to read the next book in this series. It’s not just about accepting the reality of being chosen to live, carrying the burden of living your life to the fullest on behalf of those who never got to live the rest of their lives. It’s also about figuring things out, in life, in work, in the dating department, and there’s also the promises our younger selves made. I say the idea to this book is wonderful and it’s something different from what I usually read and I love it.
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