I’d like to thank the author, Rachael Richey, for an arc in return for an honest review.
This is the first book I’ve read by Rachael and I love discovering new authors and new publishers. Its really good to open your eyes and your mind to new talent.
This was such an addictive read. A YA inspired story, the first in The NightHawk series, it was full of angst, hurt, deceit, betrayal, emotion, love and heartbreak. It had so many twists and turns and I can’t wait to dive into the next instalment.
We open the story with 26 year old Abi attending her mother’s funeral. Abi hasn’t seen her parents for over 8 years and is very resentful of them, particularly how she was treated by them during a traumatic event in her past. However, Abi’s father needs her at this low time and asks for her help to sort out her mother’s belongings. Abi makes a startling discovery in the loft which opens her eyes to the full deceit her mother in particular had shown to her daughter. This discovering brings back many memories from Abi’s past some wonderful and some very painful.
We flit back in time to Abi as a 15 year old, excited with her friends getting ready to go to a party at her school were a band, NightHawk, comprising of three local lads, are performing. When Abi’s eyes meet with Gideon the singer and bass player an instant connection is made. However, Abi realises going on a date with a 19 year old could prove tricky with her over protective mother. With the help of Abi’s friend Abi and Gideon manage to begin dating and their friendship soon turns into a beautiful young love. NightHawk are soon discovered by publishers and a recording deal followed by a tour in the States brings a separation to the young couple. Both Abi and Gideon agree to keep in touch and they do write to each other. However, these letters never met their intended recipients.
It’s been 10 years since Abi and Gideon parted, Abi felt like she’d been abandoned at a time she needed Gideon the most and Gideon just presumed Abi didn’t care anymore.
Gideon’s band, NightHawk, had done extremely well since the 10 years he’d left England. Yet fame and endless tours were getting too much for Gideon and just recently his days and nights had been disturbed with dreams of Abi. Gideon decides on a whim to quite the band and flee the country.
What follows is an emotional journey of Abi and Gideon discovering the full extent to what happened in their past and how certain people’s actions were keeping the young lovers apart. A wonderful, emotive start to The NightHawk series, 4.5/5* read. I’m excited to find out what happens next for Abi and Gideon in the next episode in the series … Rhythm of Deceit.