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Published: 12 August 2020
How far would you go to help the ones you love? How far would you go to prevent them from feeling pain? Now, how far would you go to save yourself?
Life was supposed to be straightforward for Cass Wilkes. After finishing college she’d secured a job that most dreamt of, but never came close to. Her career as a surgeon would be her identity, her armour. Her rank would speak for itself so she wouldn’t have to. But what happens when a crack forms in the life you’ve built? When something completely out of your control, something you could never have planned for threatens to upend everything you’ve worked so hard for? What happens when you can’t touch the threat?
When the call for help comes from her best friend, Cass makes the easy decision to leave London behind for a while, holding out hope that things will be back to normal when she returns.
Expecting to find solace in a new project that’s worlds apart from the stress and responsibility of her normal job, what she doesn’t expect is to be presented with the prospect of a completely new start. She takes refuge in a big city thousands of miles from home, that unbeknownst to her, will show her real love, true loss, and fill her with utter hope. During her time in San Francisco, Cass will be tasked to overcome the things she never knew were chasing her.
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Welcome, and thanks for joining me on my stop of the You’ll See book tour!
You’ll See is written entirely in the first person, through the eyes of Cass. And I really liked her. She’s a surgeon who is going through a tough time. She has issues that she needs to resolve, but we follow along with her as she discovers her strength as the story progresses.
Something I really appreciated about this story is that it addresses mental health issues and the effects it can have on a person and how they live their life. I thought that aspect of the story was really well handled and genuine.
I was, at times, somewhat in two minds about this book – probably because it felt a bit like it was in two halves. There was the ‘sorry, but you’re not not quite grabbing me’ half and the ‘I can’t put you down!’ half. No doubt though, I did enjoy You’ll See, and even in the sections that didn’t hold me quite as tightly in its grip, I still remained curious enough about the story to remain invested in where it was headed. And once it really got going, I was all in.
Cass moves to a new city right at the beginning of the story. We learn about the new city, new hospital, new home and new people, as she learns about them. I enjoyed joining her as she did all of this, and parts of it were handled really well. Like her best friend Gabby and their relationship. I have a clear mental image of Gabby, as well as the friendship (both current and past) between Gabby and Cass. However, there were other characters (important ones) that I can’t say the same thing about. There were characters that were rather bland and I felt as if I never ‘met’ them more than very superficially.
One of the important things Cass finds along the way is love. (I won’t tell you who it is, as it is the author’s way to drip feed information & I don’t want to spoil that for anyone.) I was rather frustrated by this part of the story until nearly halfway through. Cass took a long while to share enough about him with the reader to give him any real depth. I felt no connection to him at all and didn’t really care about him – until suddenly I did. It was like he turned a corner and suddenly gained a personality. And about that time was where Cass’ descriptions in general also picked right up for me and I went from mildly curious, to being totally sucked in by the story.
I did find it a bit of a challenge in some parts of the book, especially in the first half, to understand what was happening. I found myself stopping and going back over the last few paragraphs to find if I’d missed a ‘clue’, but often there just wasn’t one. As it was all in the first person, we of course were reading Cass’s thoughts, and I get that she wouldn’t have needed to explain to herself about what was going on. But such things as starting a new scene with nothing more of a guide than ‘he’ to know who the other person is, made some scenes a little harder to follow. And at times there were happenings where Cass was thinking back on past events and relating them to current occurrences, but without sharing the past with the reader. It’s a bit like only hearing the punchline of a joke and not getting the humour.
Overall, I enjoyed reading You’ll See. I really liked the central character, which for me was the main drawcard. And if you like a ‘clean’ story, you’re safe in the hands of this book. I’ve given it a ‘1 chilli’ rating as there is spice potential, but it is very delicately handled.
Thank you to the author, Jesse Bhaird, and Love Book Tours for my copy of You’ll See, in return for an honest review.
Jesse Bhaird was born and raised in Ireland although currently resides in Canada. She is a Trinity College Dublin graduate – where she studied nothing related to writing! As a full-time health care professional, her newfound joy is writing. When not found working, adulting or reading, she can be found outside herding small children and a large dog (all hers) and loves to escape to the mountains when she can for snowboarding in the winter.