Title: Through to You
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: Paranormal romance
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.
The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.
This book was fine. It wasn’t bad per se, but it didn’t really strike me in any way either. After having read so many fantastic books already this year, this one just seemed like kind of a dud. The plot was fine, the characters were fine, but nothing stuck out to me that would make me recommend it. I felt like the beginning was kind of slow; it took over 50 pages for Cam to get into the parallel universe, and then once he was there, there were only a couple things that really happened. I wish Hainsworth had spent more time playing up the differences between the Viv in Cam’s world and the Viv in Nina’s world. I also would have liked her to emphasize the darkness in the Nina-Viv, so the major PLOT TWIST that happens just before the worlds close would have been a bit smoother. I mean, it’s clear the Nina-Viv is creepier and more controlling than the Viv in Cam’s world was, but I think Hainsworth could have done a lot more with it. It’s a quick read, so I don’t feel like I wasted time reading it, it just didn’t hit the spot for me.