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Review: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

My Thoughts

A gripping story filled with suspense, romance and chilling realism.

4stars

Synopsis

Dec-01

From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

My Review

Author Dina Silver’s romantic suspense book was a nice departure from what I’ve recently read. It was an adventure, a romance and a horror story all rolled into one. It was a woman’s quest to find herself at twenty-eight, a departure from a life that didn’t fit, a dream that unexpectedly turned into a nightmare.

We meet Jessica Gregory shortly after her mother died. She was the youngest of a family of nine children and grew up in a strict household, always feeling like she didn’t belong. After her mother passed, she took the reigns and decided to follow her dream… to chase her gut instinct, and move to Phuket, Thailand.

“I became truly happy in ways I’d never imagined. I laughed more, I walked taller, I shed the skin I was uncomfortable in and grew into my true self through and through.”

Jessica became a teacher and quickly fell in love with the school, the kids and the city. The first part of this story is exactly this… Jessica finding herself, adjusting to a new culture and life. It was vividly depicted and intriguing.

Then Jess meets Grant Flynn. An attractive, wealthy, enigmatic man and captain of the sailboat, Imagine. He’s been traveling the world for two years, along with his crew mate Quinn. Grant is also coming to terms with a tragic past and his quiet but compelling personality pulls Jess in, in a way she’d never experienced before.

Jess, Grant and Quinn become friends and when Grant and Quinn find themselves in need of another of crew member, they hire Jess to sail with them for a few weeks, through treacherous, dangerous waters. But Jess is an adventure-seeking girl, and the trip sounds like a dream… an opportunity that is perfect for a girl who yearns to see the world.

“Aboard a boat named for such hope and promise came … the unimaginable.”

I won’t divulge what happens aboard the ship, Imagine, but it was a chilling, harrowing experience. We also see Grant and Jess get closer and finally give in to the mutual attraction that has intensified each moment they’ve been together. I loved that the book was a vivid adventure, but almost 60% of the book was devoted to Jess’s self evolution, her adapting to Phuket, her falling in love, before it arrived at the action part of the story, so it felt a bit slow in the beginning after awhile. I might have switched gears a little earlier and given more runway to amplify the climax, which was horrifyingly gripping, and maybe even extend the after part of the novel.

It was certainly a compelling story. A story of bravery and guts and dreams. A story of love and survival. I loved the way it ended so much, leaving me on a hopeful high note for a story that had some very real, gritty lows. It’s a great, well-written novel to pick up if you’re looking for a story that captures a sense of adventure, romance and suspense in one reading experience.

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