February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Guardian


Title: The Guardian
Author: Nicholas Sparks

Synopsis: 
     Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died – a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire . . . The Guardian contains all the qualities readers expect from Nicholas Sparks. But here, he adds a new electrifying intensity – and page after page of riveting suspense. 

Thoughts on the Book:
     I must say that this novel is totally different from Spark's previous novels. With his romance genre couple with his tragic events trademark, he added a thriller spice to the story which made it more fascinating and addictive to read. This proves that Nicholas Sparks is not only good with romance stories, he can also pass as a suspense thriller writer.
     The novel was really good. It basically had all the elements needed to sustain the mix of emotions I as a reader felt. I felt the giddiness Julie felt when she fell in love with Mike. I felt the goosebumps when Julie got paranoid because of Richard. And I cried just as Julie did when Singer died. Kumpletos Recados as they say.
     I love everything about this novel. It's totally different. Imagine Nicholas Sparks collaborating with Mary Higgins Clark. That's what I felt when I read this book.

Quotes from the Book:
"Everyone - you included - is on her best behavior in the beginning of a relationship. Sometimes little quirks turn out to be big ones, and the big advantage that women have - sometimes the only advantage - is their intuition."
 *****
"So what about you? Your ever going to find someone special?"
"Who know."
"You will. If you look, that is. Sometimes they're right under your nose."
*****
"It was funny that you could know someone for years but still discover things you never noticed before." 
Rating: 5/5

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