4 out of 5 stars
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Saving Marina by Ines Ferrari Garcia follows Teresa as she embarks on her post-retirement journey to build her dream bed and breakfast. She finds the perfect house with her husband, Micheal, in Palm Beach, Florida. She can’t wait to get to work. With her husband as an architect and herself as an interior designer, the house is sure to be the perfect spot to stay. However, strange things start to happen to Teresa as she begins the renovations. Who is Marina, and why does Teresa suddenly feel as if she is going crazy?
This book pulled me in from the very beginning. The prologue has a flashback that brings suspense to this book from the first page. The rest of the book does not disappoint. There is just enough continued suspense as it tells Teresa’s story, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The pacing is also excellent and the length of the book is perfect. There is just enough detail without being too drawn out. I love the plot of this book. It’s one of the first books I’ve read in a while that had me missing it when I wasn’t reading.
The author uses flashbacks and letters to tell the story, which I love. Most of the story is told from the first-person point-of-view from Teresa’s perspective. This really helps the reader gain insight into her thoughts. There are also smaller parts that are in the third-person point-of-view when the experiences of other characters are important. This method gives a broad look at the overall story. Another enjoyable aspect is that all of the main characters are female.
Unfortunately, the book does not appear to be professionally edited. I found several errors throughout the book while reading. Many of these errors would have easily been caught with a quick round of proofreading. This is extra disappointing because I had been hoping to be able to give this book a perfect score.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If the editing were fixed, I would definitely be willing to consider a perfect rating for this otherwise wonderful book. The editing is the only negative part of this book. Readers should know that there are a few instances of sexual assault. These events are not described in detail but could be triggering for some readers. I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense books exploring past experiences and relationships.
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