Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

Title: In Her Wake
Series: Ten Tiny Breathes, #0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*received in exchange for a fair and honesty review*
Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

My Review

I can’t begin to articulate how much I just love this series. And Ten Tiny Breathes was probably my favorite out of the series, so finally getting an insight of Trent’s emotion turmoil was quite an eye opener. It also allowed me to get a better understanding of his motives, his reasoning that was shown in the first book.

Tucker did focus on how just one simple event that can change your world forever. I felt she did good showing that, the emotion behind Trent’s heartache and his pain. How that event changed him and led him to do the things he did. Though, I must be honest, he did do some extreme things, but because I knew his character it wasn’t creepy (for lack of a better word) as it would seem. I was able to understand his motives, so that did help me with this book.

Trent really did experience quite the emotional trauma. Watching him shatter, break, was a very intense and painful experience. I feel like Tucker did an amazing job at allowing me to feel that pain. But not only was the pain intense, but also the growth Trent went through. I loved watching that. I really enjoyed watching Trent overcome so much and seeing just how his brain worked. 

The buildup was fast, but didn’t feel rushed. The conflict really moved the story forward, and though I basically knew what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat. The emotional depth was riveting and felt very much real. And seeing what Trent went through really was a heart wrenching experience. Tucker also did a great job with the progression of so many events into such a quick read, leading up to right when Ten Tiny Breathes starts.
“I destroyed her life and then got caught in her wake.
And I realize now that it’s exactly where I’m meant to be.” 
I loved getting Trent's story, it was very much an eye-opener. It was painful and very heartbreaking. Seeing the world of Ten Tiny Breathes from his POV brought their story, Trent and Kacey's, full circle. I enjoyed it so much. 


  1. This is one series I really need to get into. It is great to see that you are still enjoying the books each time they are out. Trent sounds amazing and it looks like he goes through so much in this book. Beautiful review Girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. The build up and emotions are something I enjoy about her writing but unfortunately I let this one expire on my kindle.

  3. This book was such an eye opener and I was glad we were able to see what was going on in his head and what drove home to do the things he did. It was so heartbreaking though. Great review Magen.

  4. Love the sound of this book. Wonderful review Magen. I will check it out!


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