I first heard of Adrian Page while reviewing for Reading the Rainbow reviews this past pride month. When the opportunity arose for me to review one of her books, I immediately leaped at it.
Knotted (a book from the Threads series) is a heartrending story about two women whose journey for answers and truth surrounding their birth mothers brings them together. Nes Macnamera’s small town life is quiet, comfortable, and predictable. At least, until Lia Costa appears. She is a breath of fresh air. Lia immediately captures Nes’ attention and her help. Lia’s journey soon twines with Nes’ as they begin digging for the truth. The question remains how much truth can they bear?
I first want to start by saying that Adrian’s writing style is effortless and beautiful. I was drawn in from the first page and struggled to put it down. This story wove a unique tapestry of history and atmosphere that made me feel like I was there.
All of the characters (including secondary and tertiary supporting characters) are incredibly well-developed. They were written with great care, portraying various personalities and dilemmas. They felt real. Flaws and all. It dragged me deeper into this world until I was fully immersed.
While the subject matter is most certainly heavy, it was written in a way that made me feel like it was more like a love letter to healing than a deluge of trauma. It was written with a gentle understanding, guided by the strong undercurrent of “everything will be okay.”
This book could very easily be a five-star read to me. Though, there is one teeny-tiny-little thing that knocks off .25 of a star for me. There is a dangling plot point surrounding Lia’s ex-girlfriend that read as if it was meant to be explored (perhaps, it was explored in another one of the books, but as I read Knotted as a standalone, I’m unsure how interwoven—see what I did there?—the books are). It’s unclear if it was merely a forgotten touchstone in the manuscript or if it was intended to be a breadcrumb for another book. To me, it read more like a forgotten plot point, as it was mentioned and dropped rather abruptly.
Overall, I am so glad I read this book. It’s not often you find a book that heals parts of you that you didn’t know needed mending. I cannot sing Page’s praises high enough, and I hope this book gets far more attention than it has currently earned. It is a gem, for sure. I greatly look forward to reading the rest of the books in the Threads series. I hope you join me!
You can find Knotted, here! (Available on Kindle Unlimited)
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