Title: Back In The Rain
Author: Elen Chase
Publisher: Self publishing
Release Date: February 18, 2018
Page Count: 473 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Unable to get over his girlfriend’s supposed suicide, Andrew spends his days in the deepest apathy. When he finally realizes that there are too many mysteries about her death to just give up, Andrew runs to the graveyard and swears to her grave that he will uncover the truth.
As he stands in the pouring rain, a familiar voice calls his name.
Dan once was his best friend, he was like a brother to him. After seven years without seeing each other, Andrew should be angry at Dan for leaving him when he needed him the most. He shouldn’t trust him when he offers to help.
But he does.
A story of two young men that, getting close to a terrible truth, find hope in a relationship that could either save them, or destroy them completely.
WARNING: The book may not be suitable for you if you are easily disturbed by themes such murder, suicide, explicit MM sexual content.
I was very skeptical about this book when I first started reading it but after getting a few pages into this book, I found that there was a huge mystery surrounding the main characters that drew me in. This is not a short read. As a matter of fact it is a very long book but it is one of those books that while you are reading it, it does not seem as long as it truly is. The author puts in just enough information to keep you wanting more.
Trigger Warnings: Graphic Details, abuse, rape, murder, graphic abuse. These trigger warnings should not be taken lightly for this read because the details of these triggers is graphic.
Andrew is broken. A few months back his girlfriend was found dead after being missing for a month and there is no apparent reason for her death. They questions surrounding her disappearance and death where left unanswered for him and this is something he cannot accept. Before losing the love of his life, Shallie, he was no stranger to loss. Before losing her, he knew what loss felt like because his world had come crumbling down around him seven years prior when he lost his best friends, his sister An to death and Dan to leaving him after An’s death. So he knew loss was a powerful thing. If he did not have so many unanswered questions about Shallie’s death then he may have been able to move on.
After several months of not wanting to do or feel anything Drew has finally decided that the unanswered questions is just too much. Drew decides that he needs answers and Shallie deserves the truth to come to light. Drew goes to Shallie’s grave and promises her that he will come back to visit her once he can give her the answers she deserves and some peace surrounding her death. What he does not expect is for his past to walk back into his life that night as well. For one of the losses he felt so strongly in the past to walk back into his life and blow his world apart.
Dan walked away from Drew not long after An was killed when they was younger. He gave his excuses for walking away but the truth is no one expect Dan knew the real reason for his leaving. Yes it killed him to leave Drew behind but Dan knew what he had to do and why. When he went to visit An’s grave he did not expect to run into Drew but he could not walk away either. Dan had already done it once and he just could not do it again. Not after seeing Drew in the state that he was in. Once Drew opened up to Dan about what he plans to do and why he plans to do it, Dan knows he had to help Drew try to find the answers he is seeking. The thing is, Dan is not the same person he used to be and Drew may not accept the person he is now.
So many secrets, mystery, and danger. There are lies, cover ups and much more in this read. Not only that but there is surprises that you may not have seen coming. This book is a great read and I would definitely recommend it if you are not opposed to the warnings. Elen Chase did an incredible job on this book.
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