"See Me" by Adrienne Thompson is a remarkable read. On the surface, lives a story about the death of David Moy, and his wife's difficulties in coping with his passing. Readers are introduced to a seemingly timid Olivia Moy, as she mourns the loss of a man that was highly regarded and respected in the literary field. Everyone knew... everyone knew that Olivia was David's everything. He made it known in work after work - she was his muse. He worship his wife's beauty in poems and novels; additionally, David Moy was undeniably talented. So, what could have caused his death? Why would someone so talented part this world just suddenly, leaving behind an early/mid-20s son, Jason and an amazing wife? Growing up, I was always told that "the grass always looks greener on the other side" ... even, "come and see me, and come and live with me are two different things". These warnings hold true in this story.
Where the novel opens up and eventually ends is in stark contrast. As I read, taking time to dive into this skillfully written piece, I wondered how Ms. Thompson was able to practice such clever restraint in bundling up a deep and fascinating tale. I eagerly flew through the pages, wanting more and more, and still much more. Yet, only when Ms. Thompson was ready did she reveal what needed to be known. This novel teaches us that we can never truly know someone, no matter how long we've "known" them. Moreover, people can do an amazing job of maintaining a public image, even a private one. Yet, we never truly know what is going on in someone's heart, mind and soul. Even as I prepare this review, I am in awe of the multitude of revelations from "See Me". I am forced to wonder, reconsider, and meditate on various experiences in life - things that caused me to ever give another human a second thought and question their "issues". Perhaps that is the beauty of this work, it gets into the mind. Adrienne Thompson engages readers with a deep storyline and a complex character, dare I say characters.
For anyone seeking a quality read that unhinges the mind and transforms them into a remarkable tale, they will certainly find it in "See Me" by Adrienne Thompson.
5 Stars - Author Janice Ross
This is the first time I've read a book by this author, and I read it at the recommendation of someone who has given me some bum book advice in the past . . . but was I in for a surprise!
See Me was well-written, well-paced, very visual, and has intriguing plot twists. It was one of the most original stories that I've read in a very long time, and I think it's a shame that more people don't know about it.
The protagonist is Olivia Moy, a middle-aged widow whose late husband was a world-renowned writer with a cult following that continues to worship him. When she is approached by a university dean -- a colleague and friend of her grown son -- to assist in a biography of her husband, she struggles on how much should she divulge.
Does she protect the public image and legacy of the late husband? Or does she finally open up and let the world gleam insight into his darker side -- and in doing so rid herself of the demons that have haunted her?
I beseech you to read this book, and then spread the word. This book worthy of much acclaim and attention than it has so far received.
5 stars - Author Karen E. Quinones-Miller
Adrienne Thompson's "See Me" is the story of David and Olivia Moy. David is a famous author. Olivia is a girl who fell in love and did not realize the price of loving someone who had so many demons.
All I can say for this one is wow! This book grabbed me from the beginning and held me captive until the last page. I read it in less than 3 hours. To say it was an emotional roller coaster is an understatement. I felt like I was right there in the story watching as Olivia revealed her story from beginning to end. You will not be disappointed with this book.
Hats off to the author. The book is very well written it really delves into the minds and hearts of those who have been in abusive situations. Readers will come away with a feeling of some deep emotions. I commend the author and to me this one was 5 stars all the way!
5 Stars - Lisa M. (OOSA Online Book Club)
WOW, I do not want to give the plot away. I decided to read this book based on a couple of paragraphs the writer provided, I did not read any reviews in advance and therefore had no idea where this plot was going to go. The book was an easy difficult read. Easy to flow from page to page with no desire to pause, read in two hours. The difficult part was the revealing of secrets. The secrets are horrible. It is unlike any book I've ever read and if you read Adrienne Thompson's books before then you are going to get a well written book, great character development and you are going to search within yourself and yes she's going bring it. You are going to cry, you are going to hurt, you going to yell and then you are going to cry again. Mental illness with unexpected results. What kept me reading and my sanity to the end was the fact that "she" was alive to tell the story. It straddles the past and the present. Do you know your mate? Are you responsible for preserving their legacy after their demise? Can you kill someone twice? Are you forgiving and can you be forgiven?
5 Stars - Sealy327 - Barnes and Noble Reviewer