The Red Thread by Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis - The Red Thread Cover sTitle: The Red Thread

Author: Bryan Ellis

Genre: Contemporary 

Length: Novel (256 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: After a suicide attempt left him hospitalized for seven months, Jesse Holbrooke is returning home to live with his parents. Despite the treatment he received, his depression hangs like a cloud over his head, casting his life in a perpetual darkness he can’t seem to escape. But just when the obstacles become insurmountable, a glimmer of light appears.

Life hasn’t been easy for Adam Foster, a barista with a bad stutter, but he keeps his chin up and tries not to let the mockery of others get to him. Though shy, Adam is sweet and romantic, and Jesse knows they could be perfect for each other. Adam’s support gives Jesse the courage to face the darkness and believe in the possibility of happiness at last. But if their romance is going to last, both young men will have to look inside and find acceptance—for themselves as well as for each other.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-724-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-red-thread-by-bryan-ellis-7461-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  When I first got this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  The author was new for me and I have never really cared for ready books by those I have not heard of.  Also I am more romance then what this story actually is.  It is a very depressing story about a young man with depression.  I suppose in a way it would actually be a great story for those who are dealing with it.  It also shows new love and how each compliments the other.  Although I also can’t figure out why the author fit two kids with mental illness with each other.  For me it didn’t really make a lot of sense. 

The story was a bit dry and was focused on the kid’s illness.  To be a love story, it really didn’t work out the way that I had expected it to.  Our main character, Jesse is nineteen, but to tell you the truth he sounds like an old man.  The story was all over the place and the added in word description really didn’t help much.  The part where he is in a mental hospital it just came off odd also.  The story seemed just repetitive and went over and over to me.  Everything felt like it was forced out of the author.  

Jesse and Adam met at their therapist.  They seem to hit it off, but Jesse seemed more focused on his dark days then he did his boyfriend.  There was some good parts to it, but Adam was more there in heart to me.  Whereas Jesse comes off like an old man, Adam who is older comes off like a teenager.  They didn’t really connect like I felt they should have.  

Adam was my favorite character out of the whole story, but even he came off strange.  I did enjoy his enthusiastic remarks quite a bit, he always seemed happy.  However deep down I wonder how he really felt. 

Over all the story just didn’t flow the way it should have, and the pace was slow going.  I hate to admit that I skimmed over most of this book just to finish it.  I am going to say that it was just not my kind of story at all.  The writing was not bad, but the story just didn’t rock the way I wanted it to. 

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