I Was Stressed Throughout
3.5 out of 5 stars
I normally don’t start out by explaining why I gave a book a specific score, but I had to give “See Right Through Me” by L.T. Smith a 3.5 out of 5 stars. While I did find it enjoyable, it also stressed me out quite a bit, which was unexpected for a book I was reading as a form of escapism.
First, I must say that this story is not for people with anxiety, and I say this somewhat humorously, but it genuinely stirred up my anxiety. Gemma, the main character, was well-written, but she desperately needed to see a therapist. Her constant anxiety and insistence that things were not okay put an incredible amount of pressure on her body and mind, and I couldn’t help but feel for her. I guess it’s proof that the work I’ve been doing on myself is helping because I could feel her spirals coming and I wanted to just yell “Abort! Abort! You’re going into a spiral” but couldn’t.
Maria, on the other hand, was portrayed in a way that made Gemma’s fears seem justified. I have to give credit to Smith for crafting such a character – one who constantly kept me wondering, “Is she really doing those things?” It added an intriguing layer of suspense to the story. I know it was done to amp up the anxiety but at a couple points I thought “why is she even pursuing her?” Even though I knew their chemistry was off the charts.
What really stood out to me was how uncertain I was about whether these two characters would end up together. I don’t recall reading a romance book where I felt this unsure about the ultimate outcome of the relationship. It kept me engaged, but it also contributed to the overall feeling of anxiety while reading.
See Right Through Me is a well-written book with complex characters, with complex relationships with each other and themselves. However, it’s essential to note that it can be quite anxiety-inducing, which may not be suitable for readers looking for a relaxing escape. Nonetheless, if you’re up for a romance novel that keeps you on your toes and you don’t mind a touch of suspense, this one is worth a read.
Trust, respect, and love. Three little words—that’s all. But these words are powerful, and if we ignore any one of them, then three other little words take their place: jealousy, insecurity, and heartbreak.
Schoolteacher Gemma Hughes is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Disorganized and clumsy, she soon finds herself in the capable hands of the beautiful Dr. Maria Moran. Everything goes wonderfully until Gemma starts doubting Maria’s intentions and begins listening to the wrong people.
But has Maria something to hide, or is it a case of swapping trust for insecurity, respect for jealousy and finishing with a world of heartbreak and deceit? Can Gemma stop her actions before it’s too late? Or will she ruin the best thing to happen in her life?
Given her track record, anything is possible . . .See Right Through Me by L.T. Smith
Narrator: Hannah Martin
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on January 24th 2023
Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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