Lucy Jones possesses an unusual—and extraordinary—gift. Her ability to sense the emotions of others is both a blessing and a curse, eventually driving her to seek refuge from its consequences by fleeing her hometown of Sydney.
The coastal town of Duruga is everything she imagined it would be: sleepy, isolated and void of the emotional chaos that plagued her in the city. But when the mysterious Heath Stone enters her life, Lucy is overwhelmed by startling sensations in his presence. Frightened and intrigued by this uncommon reaction to a person, Lucy is uncontrollably drawn to Heath. Despite her efforts, and the sinister warnings from the townsfolk, she cannot fight the force of her attraction.
When strange events begin to occur and the truth about Duruga’s sordid history is unveiled, Lucy suspects that there may be more to the quiet town, and to Heath, than she had first imagined.
As Lucy and Heath’s fates become irrevocably entwined, the answers Lucy has been seeking all her life may be closer than she ever wanted to believe.
I’m not really sure why, but the blurb for Gifted had me interested. I mean, it’s not the kind of blurb that you read and go ‘well that’s never been done before’, but I put my hand up for it and I’m glad I did.
One of the things I loved early on in this book was the Australian setting. Now, I tend to avoid reading books based in Australia because I always feel like the author is trying to shove that info down my throat. Note: not ALL Aussies use Aussie slang in every sentence they ever speak! *ahem* But I really feel like Ingrid established the setting early on and moved on to more important things like, you know, the plot.
Lucy is Ingrid’s main character. We meet her when she’s pretty emotionally damaged, slightly deranged, and very vulnerable. The thing I love about Lucy is she doesn’t dwell on it. Sure, she’s just run away from a problem and left her mum behind but… she’s a teenager. And therefore only just forgiven.
Like every story, there is a love interest and Heath had some major question marks hanging over his head. I feel like I spent a good three quarters of the book wondering what in the heck was up with this kid. He was a very hot/cold kind of character and I definitely shared Lucy’s frustrations. Their relationship though, was a slow one, and at first (aside from attraction) I couldn’t really get her whole appeal to him. It was there, but it took a while before I found it believable.
Then there’s Bobby. He stole this book. He was written so well I expected him to jump right off the page, throw me a mock bow, and head out the front door. I loved him. So, so much. I would read this book again and again if for nothing else other than him. There’s nothing better than a believable character and an organic friendship.
For me, Gifted was one of those books that keep you guessing. There’s a lot of mystery threaded in between all that teen drama and Ingrid balanced it out well. The whole whodunit aspect pushed the plot along and made Gifted a quick read.
Four from five stars.
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