“I destroyed her life and then got caught in her wake.
And I realize now that it’s exactly where I’m meant to be.” -K.A. Tucker, In Her Wake
Rating: 5 out of 5
Goodreads’ Book Description:
Before you knew him as Trent in ten tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
Valeria’s Book Review:
The side of Trent’s story we didn’t know…
A very emotional and heart breaking story. A novella that follows the Ten Tiny Breaths book, that you should not miss in this series!
If you’ve read Ten Tiny Breaths, you know Trent and you love him. But the back story of how he came to be is all explained in this book…and you will know the real Cole before he was Trent Emerson.
The tragic accident that changes everything and the aftermath of it all.
This novella is told entirely from his POV. His back story from the very beginning, after the accident, and what lead up to Cole (Trent) and Kacey meeting.
“I want her to meet me. Trent Emerson. The guy who wants to feel the warmth that I know exists within her. The guy who’s tied to her forever, whether she likes it or not. The one who needs to somehow make things right with her because I made everything so wrong.”
I loved reading his story! Even though I cried a couple of times, because of how much it is to take in, I really did enjoy it. It is very sad and devastating having to read how someone has dealt with such a tragedy in their life. But being in his head and learning about everything that he went through and what he did to change after it was so interesting!
He is a broken and depressed man after all of this, who eventually finds a way to get better to safe himself and Kacey along the way.
This is not a happy story and you won’t see where the relationship goes from here…that’s in Ten Tiny Breaths, but you will see all of the things that he did to get to Kacey and what he does for her.
I can say that he seems a little bit of a stalker at one point, or just a tad bit obsessed. But you will see that that is his way of moving forward, especially by trying to be by her side, by trying to help her move forward as well.
“She’s so dark, so harsh, so wounded. Her prickly exterior would keep most everyone away.
And yet all I want to do is get closer.”
The emotional impact after the accident, the characters and the slight beginning to a beautiful romance will consume you in this story.
“What if she could learn to love again? And what if I’m the one who can remind her what that feels like?”
I loved this book, and trust me you do not want to miss this story! It was definitely a super fast and short read!
Thank you K.A. Tucker for this amazing series!!!