~5 Crazies Stars~
“Breathe in what you need and let go of what you don’t. Don’t be afraid of a little emotional storm.”
The Ones That Got Away is a masterpiece from the gifted Suanne Laqueur. The Fish Tales is an epic series that has captivated me from the first book The Man I Love . It is a love story. A tale of friendship and an homage to the family. Simply put, it is a true reflection of the beauty and the rough edges of life.
The Ones That Got Away offers an extensive look at the scenes that weren’t included in the previous books of the series. Like a beautiful puzzle, the pieces that weren’t able to fit are picked up, brushed off and presented for the reader’s enjoyment. We see glimpses of Erik and Daisy and their time before they were together. We experience moments shared together before the horrific accident, and we can see more of their emotional break down during their time apart. I savored the extra time spent with one of my favorite couples. Additionally, I felt comfort in grasping a better understanding of both characters emotional evolution that took place through their time apart.
As you know, if you have read the previous books in this series, the tragedy that takes place in this story is unthinkable and alters the lives of everyone involved. Ms. Laqueur takes the time to explore and share every aspect of the thought process leading up to the event. This unique glimpse into the creation of each intricate plot twist only further enhances my adoration for these characters and paints an even more vivid picture of every piece of the puzzle.
Told through a montage of scenes using multiple POVs and author commentary, The Ones That Got Away is a bonus read the fans of this series simply cannot miss! The time spent with each character will bring back a happy flood of emotions that you will want to experience. Perhaps one of my personal favorite elements of this read was the additional time spent with Will. I have always loved the dynamics between Erik and Will and was heartbroken when they spent time apart. I was so excited to have an extra special glimpse into Will’s life and experience pieces of his evolution first hand. Although these scenes and moments may not have fit in the final published work, I savored each and every moment.
The Ones That Got Away is another splendid work of art from Suanne Laqueur. It was such a delight to return to these characters. Her writing is inspirational, intuitive, creative, and unforgettable. I highly recommend The Fish Tales series, and I look forward to reading more from this author!
*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!*