She Never Got To Say Goodbye is a great paranormal fantasy and thriller with a lovely and satisfying ending. I enjoyed reading this book and it has been a delightful change from what I’ve been currently reading. The story is fast-paced and takes elements from a number of different genres, romance, mystery, action, paranormal and thriller. I think even the pickiest readers will have trouble finding nothing to appreciate here. Overall the story is well written, I noticed a couple of errors but nothing that detracts away from the story. Ica Iova has a beautiful and addictive writing style that will keep you turning the pages.
She Never Got To Say Goodbye is centred around two main characters, Olivia and Brandon. The story describes how they meet, fall in love, and how their relationship ultimately falls apart. The story then moves on to Olivia’s life as a ghost, Brandon’s life as a single parent, and the last part of the story introduces the life of the killer…
Olivia is a young woman who is introduced first. At the beginning of the story she is in her final year at university and is an aspiring lawyer. She meets the perfect man Brandon who happens to be a lawyer already, and within the year she has fallen in love with him and agrees to marry him. She drops her career in order to have a child but when Brandon loses a particular case, it causes a massive divide in their relationship and then Olivia is mysteriously murdered. Olivia returns as a ghost and is able to interact sporadically with the living world. She doesn’t know how or why she was killed, but Brandon is at the top of her suspect list and she is furious.
Brandon is a young man and lawyer who is initially introduced to the reader when he meets Olivia in a restaurant (both are dining separately). Brandon spots Olivia and almost immediately knows that she is the one for him. He proposes to her in one of the most genuine and romantic proposal scenes I have ever read. However, one thing I didn’t like about Brandon was the whole having-a-baby-thing, he seemed a little pushy here. Nonetheless, the couple seem to be happy until Brandon is given a difficult case with a devastating outcome. Blaming himself and riddled with guilt, Brandon turns to drink and drugs which drives a huge wedge in his relationship. One evening he comes home drunk, argues with Olivia, passes out, and then the next morning Olivia is dead. Brandon has no idea who killed his wife, but he cleans himself up for his son’s sake and he tries to move on with his life. However, Olivia as an angry ghost is bent on preventing this. Plagued with nightmares and strange happenings, Brandon is forced to accept that Olivia is still around, and she is not happy. Brandon and Olivia’s best friend Debbie, set out to find out who really killed Olivia and why?
The characters are three dimensional and have been well thought out. It was genuiely easy to get sucked into the character’s lives and backstories. I loved the emotional development within the characters too, Brandon’s character was particularly well done. Although I found it easy to predict who the killer was, there were still many unexpected twists and turns before the end. Ica Iova makes it incredibly diffcult to hate certain characters, every character has a complicated backstory that you can’t help but to feel sympathy for them. No one is truly good or bad and the character’s make bad choices due to their circumstances, it’s clever and realistic.
Heartbreaking and full of injustice and mystery! She Never Got To Say Goodbye is a story of romance and misfortune that everyone can empathize with. A great page turner, this novel is full of unexpected twists and turns that will pull on your heartstrings. Definitely not one to miss, especially if you like the paranormal!
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘This is no ordinary story of perfect love spoilt by substance abuse. It’s a gripping paranormal tale that leaves you questioning your own sanity long after you’ve finished reading‘, ‘Powerful, intriguing, and highly recommended‘, ‘This book is packed with twists and turns, and the resolution is something I didn’t see coming until it was there‘, ‘Once I started reading, it was difficult to put down and I continued to think about Olivia and Brandon throughout the day‘, ‘I read this book in one sitting and it has left my mind spinning‘, ‘Author Ica Iova, manages to draw a picture of a relationship all of us dream about‘, ‘Stacy’s diary is some of the finest writing I have read in a long time; in fact, I found it so powerful that the following ghost story could not really compete‘, ‘a very solid thriller with some paranormal elements thrown in‘, ‘Great addicting reading, I read it straight through and enjoyed it and hated to see it end (maybe a touch abrupt) but did not feel cheated out of anything‘, ‘“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!” This famous saying is proven throughout Ica Iova’s “She never got to say goodbye”‘, ‘This book has something for readers of every genre – romance, thriller, paranormal. The action is fast and furious’, ‘The author does a great job of unwinding the complex plot with a compelling writing style that makes this book hard to put down’, ‘This story is part romance, part mystery, and part horror’, ‘ I really began to hate Olivia, especially because of what happened with Lynn, but WOAH! was I surprised’, ‘The ending was, if you ask me, perfect’, ‘This is a quick moving tale that bleeds raw emotion’.
The Bad: ‘I like fast-paced stories but this one is even too quick for me‘, ‘It could have hid its big surprises a little better, but even so, I don’t regret reading this by any means‘, ‘The story was interesting but all the editing issues threw me off’, ‘I really enjoy paranormal and murder mystery, so this was a fun read, but the editor inside of me had a hard time believing the character motivations at times.‘
The Darn Right Ugly: (None so far – C.L.)
The Unicorns: ‘The story opens with the most romantic proposal I have ever read. I was hooked, and the author never let me escape‘, ‘This book was everything I thought it might be and so much more!‘
Release date: 10th October 2013
Age Range: 13+
Contains: Murder and suicide.
Genre(s): Paranormal Fantasy/ Thriller.
Awards: Bronze Winner at WBS (2015)
About The Book:
When Olivia trades her promising career for a more domestic lifestyle as a wife and mother, she expects many things but never to see ghosts much less be one.
Her life with her handsome husband, Brandon, a successful criminal lawyer, starts as a happy one, but following a tragedy, guilt, alcohol and drugs crush their blissful world in a hurry. One minute Olivia is planning to leave the marriage and the next she’s floating at the foot of her son’s bed. Dead. Murdered. And all evidence points to Brandon as the prime suspect.
She is angry and determined to make him pay, but soon, she learns that if she wants justice, she must follow the clues that reach back into Brandon’s past.
Suspenseful, romantic and awash in the afterlife thrill, She Never Got To Say Goodbye captures the power of love and friendship.
Amazon UK Kindle Rating: (5 Stars)
Goodreads Rating: (4.35 Stars)
Where to Buy? Amazon: Kindle Ed, £2.12. Paperback, £8.99.
Ica Iova is a Canadian multi award-winning author of several books. In 2014, her award-winning romance novel, Boundaries, was a finalist at World’s Best Story. Also in 2014, Ica won 3rd place at Tallenge short story competition with a short story titled, The Haunted House.
In 2015 her paranormal romance She Never Got To Say Goodbye won bronze at World’s Best Story.
She writes what she enjoys reading. When she is not writing, editing, or marketing, she’s a proud wife, mother, and grandmother, with a substantial sense of humor. She loves spending time with her family and pets, shopping for shoes, or just lazing around with a good book. She values the simple things money can’t buy, never compares herself with anyone else, never expects others to agree with her, and never follows the crowd.
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