The Sight of You by Holly Miller
Would you choose love . . .
. . . If you knew how it would end?
Joel is afraid of the future.
Since he was a child he’s been haunted by dreams about the people he loves. Visions of what’s going to happen – the good and the bad. And the only way to prevent them is to never let anyone close to him again.
Callie can’t let go of the past.
Since her best friend died, Callie’s been lost. She knows she needs to be more spontaneous and live a bigger life. She just doesn’t know how to find a way back to the person who used to have those dreams.
Joel and Callie both need a reason to start living for today.
And though they’re not looking for each other, from the moment they meet it feels like the start of something life-changing.
Until Joel has a vision of how it’s going to end . . .
I have no idea how The Sight Of You ended up in my groaning TBR but I need to thank the person who recommended this book to me. It’s one of my favourite reads from this year and it’s hard to find the right words to do it justice.
Joel has dreams about his loved ones which come true at a later date. Some events were happy, but at other times he carried around a terrible burden because he knew when something really bad was about to happen. The level of anxiety and guilt that he experienced from these psychic dreams was hard to share with anyone, especially his family.
When Callie enters his life Joel feels an instant attraction, but he knows that to protect them both, he should ignore his feelings. Callie is grieving and lost and Joel recognises that she too is a troubled soul. Can he put his visions to one side and make them both happy or will his predictions tear them apart?
I can’t say any more about the storyline without revealing too much, but what happens next takes you on an emotional journey which stays with you long after you turn the last page. The story had me contemplating fate and destiny for days after I had finished the book. It made me think about how precious life is and about the sacrifices we sometimes have to make for love.
The story is told through both Joel and Callie’s voices in alternating chapters and over several years. The author gives an intimate insight into each of the main characters thoughts and feelings. Both are equally likeable and relatable but my heart broke into pieces for Joel.
Towards the end of the book the pace picks up with shorter chapters and you feel like you just want to stop time in its tracks. This is a deeply immersive read, it is touching, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant.
Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton (via NetGalley) for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.