Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel. After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris. Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship. Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.Buy the Book •
Shari Ryan does an amazing job of once again creating a world that makes me feel like I’m losing it. Seriously. I couldn’t keep drift from reality separate at times. This was both fantastic, and terrible at the same time.
We meet our characters in Paris where they have been living in a drift for the past year or so. I think it’s been a year, but the timing is so confusing that what feels like a year, could have been a month. I have to say that the roles each character played in schasm is vastly different than who they are in fissure free. I found myself really disliking Chloe, as well as Alex at times. Their arguments were never resolved. When one question was answered, another twelve would pop up. It was very hard to follow this story line, which is greatly disappointing. I adored Schasm. It was a highly recommended read for me, but I felt like the integrity of these characters were lost a bit in this second installment.
A LOT happens in this story, and we are drawn even deeper into what has made our MC’s begin drifting to begin with. More characters are introduced, and secrets are revealed. You feel the struggle Chloe, and Alex take on in trying to live as normal of a life as possible together. It’s sad at times how the odds pull them apart, but like a true soulmates driven read they constantly fight their way back.
I liked the mix of new characters even though I got lost many a time in the connection they have to our MCs. I wish it was clearer, and less all over the place. However, to fit the overall theme of this series, it may as well be on purpose.
If you enjoyed Schasm as much as I did, then reading Fissure Free is a necessity. It will open your eyes, and mind to a different, more fantastical view on mental illness. Maybe we all are just living a pretty boring life in comparison to the Chloe, and Alex’s of the world.
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Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her domineering mother and feeble father and the vivid fantasy of her imagination. With her condition comes the harsh observation of doctors who intend to cure her of it. But a chance encounter with a handsome and vaguely familiar young man in her dream world hints at the possibility of hidden truths—and a life she can’t remember. As her drifts become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence. Can she remain in the lush new imagined landscape to find happiness in a realm of her own invention? Is she doomed to return to the harsh reality of the outside world forever? Or will she become trapped somewhere between the two…unable to return to either?
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