REVIEW: The Heartbreaker

THE HEARTBREAKER - Susan Howatch

“The financial heart of London – the City – is an adrenalin-charged square mile deep in recession in the 1990s, a place where sex is just another commodity to be bought and sold in the marketplace. And the City is where the life of Gavin Blake, who sells sex to high flyers, is finally about to unravel. In the center of the City is St. Benet’s, a church that ministers to casualties of this affluent but amoral society. Carta Graham, the St. Benet’s fundraiser, is at once attracted to Gavin when they meet through a mutual friend, but slowly she realizes that she has entered a relationship far more complex than she could have imagined. Gavin is desperate to escape from his world of prostitution, pornography, and violence, but as his involvement with Carta and St. Benet’s deepens, the dangers that encircle him escalate until his life itself is on the line. Carta is determined to help him – but will their mysterious journey together be lifesaving or soul-destroying? All she can do is fight her hardest to help Gavin survive.”

*NOTE: Summary lifted from book jacket.

(Ok, seriously, I’ve been working on this thing for a good week now….)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a review so I’m not exactly sure I still know how, BUT I shall try my very best. :)

Hmm…where should I begin? Well for starters, I first picked this up ages ago but dropped it for moving waaayy too slow for my liking. A few weeks in to (into?) my summer vacation, I decided to give it another chance. Fortunately, the story turned out to be a lot better than I originally thought.

Now, as I’ve said before, the story starts off slow and then gradually builds up all the way to the climax, but what I liked about this book is that it didn’t just end there. It extends past the “happy ending” into an epilogue of sorts. Usually, stories would just end where the problem gets solved and everyone lives happily ever after but the story did deal with some pretty serious stuff after all and I felt that it would have been too unrealistic if the main character just got over it. (The story still ends in a “happily ever after” if you’re curious. *wink*)

Another thing I liked about this book is that while the story was told from two differing points of view, it never felt like two different stories. In the same way, I also liked how the author was able to tie so many different plots into one cohesive story.

And lastly, (*SPOILER ALERT!*) I loved how the “love interest” didn’t turn out to be the love interest at all. Like, SURPRISE! I mean, you start off reading the book with the idea that Carta and Gavin would get together at the end but nope, Gavin ends up with Susanne instead. I’d like to say I was disappointed by this but I can’t, won’t, since it makes so much more sense given the more realistic approach to the story. Gavin and Susanne also have similar backgrounds so I guess they would understand each other better than if it were Gavin and Carta. Although, I think a Gavin-Carta love story would have worked too….. Maybe.

WELL, that’s the end of it I guess. I’ve picked up a new book (two books actually, but they’re part of a set so I counted them as just one) a few days back and I’m almost done so you can expect a new review soon. Hopefully, it doesn’t take me as long this time. ;)

BOOKWORM RATING (3/5): bookheartsbookheartsbookhearts

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