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Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Tension of Opposites

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride

Pages: 277
What happens when your best friend is kidnapped . . . and then comes home?
Two years ago Noelle disappeared. Two long years of no leads, no word, no body. For two years, Tessa, her best friend, has put her life on hold, avoiding dating and close friendships because they mean nothing if she can't share them with Noelle.
And then, one day, the telephone rings. Noelle is alive. Life can return to the way it was before the kidnapping happened. But everything has changed.
A haunting psychological thriller ripped straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites explores the emotional aftermath a kidnapping can have on the victim, and on those she left behind.

Just by reading the summary I could tell this book was going to be good. Although, at first glance I thought action, violence, and the satisfaction of escaping from the man who kidnapped Noelle. But I was totally wrong. This is what happens after the kidnapping, not during.

The characters in this book were phenomenal. Tessa has to be one of the best friends I've ever heard of. She put her life on hold for Noelle, and then once she was home, Tessa helped Noelle in every way that she could. And Noelle was an amazing character because I felt that you could really tell how much this awful man had affected her. She was a brat at times, but she was also vulnerable, sad, and angry.

I really enjoyed the point of view of this book. You would expect a kidnapping book to be based on the child who was kidnapped. I felt that McBride did an excellent job by choosing to write from Tessa's point of view. Also, the way that McBride wrote was captivating. Her sentences flowed into one another and I found it was easy to sit and read 50 pages pretty quickly.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to just about anybody. It will grip your heart at times and sometimes you will want to just close the book to push away the awful things that are involved during Noelle's kidnapping. But, it's a quick read and overall amazing. There really wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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