A thrilling finale to a wonderfully addictive and suspenseful series!
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I’d started writing everything about her down. I didn’t want to forget. The color of her hair. The depth of her eyes. The stubborn shape of her jaw. The way her lips shaped words with such expression. The way her voice made my chest ache. The way she gave advice beyond her years. The way she listened like she cared about every word. The way she made me feel—Alive. Every curve and hollow of her body was recorded, in my mind, and now my hard drive. There was a bit of truth in every lie, and even if it had only been fed to me in the smallest increments, I wanted, needed to remember the real Iris.
Because in the end, there was one irrefutable thing that he couldn’t deny.
Hostage or hustler, sinner or saint, whatever she was or wasn’t, whether she lied to my face or taunted me with hints of the truth, all of this seemed always to defer to the more pertinent fact at hand.
She was mine.
After yet another shocking discovery, followed by a disturbing letter, Dair is almost certain Iris has left his life for good. He tries his best to move on. Easier said than done, and when an unexpected and dangerous opportunity arises for him to find out what happened to her, he doesn’t hesitate to take it. As usual, with Iris, the answer leaves him more lost than the question. Every revelation is shrouded in mystery, and every disclosure leaves Dair more in the dark than ever.
And when finally, the messy truth is revealed in its entirety, will he be ready for it?
“There was a bit of truth in every life, and even if it had only been fed to me in the smallest increments, I wanted, needed to remember the real Iris.”
After two riveting installments, it’s not an exaggeration to say that I was going mad trying to figure out the truth of who Iris really was. The puzzle pieces seemed in reach, they just didn’t quite fit into place. After book 2, we’re left in a sea of incertitude, while Dair is left to drown in his despair. Iris is gone and Dair is once again trying to battle a life of mundanity, one bereft of her color and vivacity. But Dair was in deep and he couldn’t let it go. Couldn’t let the secrets go. The questions. The hole he felt inside. He couldn’t forget Iris.
“I tried it again. Tried moving on from her by keeping busy. But this time was so different, the weight of her absence heavier with grief of permanence attached.”
And once again, an uneventful day brings shock and surprise as Dair finally has the chance to learn what happened to the woman he loved.
The situation he finds is different. Dangerous. And he’s left with more questions than answers… more trepidation… more uncertainty than ever at what will happen next. He’s also forced to confront his true feelings for Iris. Was it love? Something else? Something wrong… or something fated?
“How could you be in love with a person you didn’t really know? Someone that had fed you nothing but lies? Someone you knew with certainty you couldn’t trust?”
I don’t want to spoil a single moment of this riveting conclusion, but I can tell you that it left me smiling widely and feeling wonderfully. The end came full circle in a way I thought was absolutely perfect. Expect the same level of maddening suspense and intrigue, but with scenes that are unexpectedly emotional and heartwarming. This has been a great, well-plotted series that kept me wanting more more more with every moment, every chapter, every book. Fans of the first two installments will be thrilled to finally discover the real Iris.