In Another Life
By: CC Hunter
Expected Publication: March 26th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)
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Goodreads description--Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
CC Hunter has taken such an interesting topic with In Another Life. There are so many questions to be answered. Is it even possible for Chloe Holden to be Emily Fuller? Was she kidnapped? Given away? Did her birth parents give her up willingly or was she stolen from them leaving them heartbroken? Were her adoptive parents in on the kidnapping? Did they kidnap her themselves? If they weren't, who did kidnap Chloe? What happens when you find out that you have two sets of parents who love you? A topic such as this immediately piques the interest of the reader, and I wanted to know the answer to all of these questions and more.
I had a few moments where I felt like things happening in In Another Life were unrealistic. The thing is, all of these events could happen, but the likelihood of any of them happening, much less all of them together, does make the story a little unrealistic. But you know what, I didn't mind too much because I was enjoying finding out the answers to all of my questions above. I will say that my enthusiasm lessened as we truly began to find out the ins and outs of Chloe's history--what really happened with the potential kidnapping. And then even a little bit more so as everything comes together and characters are forced to face decisions they made fifteen years ago.
I appreciated that Cash didn't keep his suspicions a secret from Chloe for too long. He did have to hold his tongue for a little while, but he approached her with his thoughts before too much time passed.
Most of my unresolved questions are about Cash. His history was touched on and described throughout the book, but there were a lot of gaps for Cash and the reader to fill with guesses. I mean in some ways I guess this is realistic. Cash wouldn't even know all of his own history, but I wish I was knew more. Even some of the potential for Cash's future was vague. I mean he wasn't the main character or storyline, but I still would have liked to have known. Regardless, this didn't change my feelings of the book.
In Another Life is going to get 3.5 Stars from me. It would have been 4, but the events I mentioned above surrounding Chloe's potential kidnapping did lessen my enthusiasm. Other than that, I read In Another Life quickly and was excited to get back to it if I had to put it down. Have you read In Another Life? What did you think? Let me know!