Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5
Publisher: Atria Books on September 1, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
I really enjoyed Trent and Kacey’s story and I was interested to see what went down with the accident that changed both of their lives.
In Her Wake revolves around Cole Reynolds a bit before and after the car accident that took six people’s lives and set the stage for Ten Tiny Breaths. I felt that this novel gave a really good insight into who Cole was before the accident and how he dealt with the aftermath. We see more of characters that we met briefly in Ten Tiny Breaths and we see characters who aren’t in the following novel. This installment gave a closer glimpse at what led up to the events in Ten Tiny Breaths. Cole’s story was absolutely captivating.
There wasn’t really one in this novel. It mainly revolved around Cole, even though we meet his girlfriend of the time and we see a little bit of Kacey Cleary, the main character in Ten Tiny Breaths.
This novella really allowed me to sympathize with Cole. Reading the main novel, we don’t really hear his side of the story on what went down that fatal night. I can admit that I had formed an opinion on the matter and this novella completely changed it. We saw Cole as he was when he was normal and we saw him go through lows that I would’t have imagined that he went through based on his personality in Ten Tiny Breaths. He lost very much in the accident just as Kacey did. However, we didn’t see that in Ten Tiny Breaths. We really get to see and feel his story in this novel and I feel as if it was essential to know.
There wasn’t really any romance in this novel other than the not-so-romantic relationship between Cole and his girlfriend at the time. That disintegrated pretty quickly though.
I feel as if In Her Wake is a must read for those who read and enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths. It gave an insight that I would not otherwise have had. But you definitely want to read it after, not before, Ten Tiny Breaths or you risk spoilers.