The Donor, Nikki Rae
The Donor, Nikki Rae
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: New Adult, Sci-fi & fantasy.
I found this a curious read, I’m still not sure whether I liked it or not…. Like most readers I was intrigued at what exactly mytruematch.com really was, and it’s a while into the book before it becomes clear. I felt for poor Casey, she seems so alone and facing serious illness solo as she doesn’t want to burden her family. Her dad was badly injured, and its taking all they have for her mum and her to pay the bills, Casey just can’t give them more bills to worry over, so she joins the invitation only, select group Mytruematch. As a reader it looks like a dating service, but it soon becomes clear its not, that its something more and Casey veers between being pleased at the chance to earn a good sum towards bills, and scared at what she may have to do. When she meets Jonah he’s such a gentleman, very quiet and though she hasn’t told him she’s ill it quickly becomes apparent to him.That’s where he really stars for me, he’s just so tender, so caring and when they exchange stories his is so very sad. Its like two people fate has slammed over taking comfort from each other.
The subject is very sensitively handled, but I had some problems with the backwards and forwards narrative, it was slightly confusing at times, but that’s probably a personal thing rather than anything to do with the way it’s written. I’ve found before that it’s rare I enjoy this style of writing – I get absorbed on the present and it jumps to the past, I get drawn in to the past and then…its the present again. There’s gentle, sensitive sort of mini romance here, and being the addict for happy endings I’ve got my own in my imagination..the book leaves it open really for the reader to imagine what they want. I think Nikki probably veers towards a different end to me, and that would suit the book better, but I hate to see that sort of conclusion.
It’s a very emotional read, quite deep and the topics raised are cleverly and sensitively handled. In her words at the end of the book Nikki mentions her own personal experiences, and it shows in the way she’s dealt with illness. So often serious illness is just trivialised, I’d read another novel yesterday where someone had been diagnosed with a stage 3 cancer and yet given an all clear after 8 months – that trivialises what is a serious, and for too many people, life-threatening illness.
Stars: Three. Well, I’m still unsure of how to rate this, its not a book I’d read again, and at times it’s uncomfortable reading. I didn’t get the satisfaction from it that I do on a novel that takes me into itself and out of the everyday world, and yet…it’s one of those stories that somehow you feel richer for having read. Maybe that’s its charm, that it allows us to feel for someone else, stuck in a hard place and thus appreciate our own lives more.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers