Can't Look Away: A Novel by Carola Lovering 

Title:  Can't Look Away: A Novel
Author: Carola Lovering
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 314
Date of Publication:  14 June, 2022
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

If you go into this one expecting a “mystery and thriller”, you’ll likely be disappointed. 

While it definitely wasn’t a mystery or a thriller, never mind both, it was an engaging story and kept my interest from the first couple of chapters. 

While I found there to be issues - seriously unlikeable characters, relationships (friendships and romantic alike) that felt oddly flat to this reader, unexplained pivotal moments, where is the mystery and thriller aspect?, as well as a need for some pretty major suspension of disbelief, I overall enjoyed this title, which I would describe as fun and similar to a Lifetime movie in book form. No snark to that. Sometimes, a Lifetime-esque movie is the perfect thing. 

eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.


"Lovering delivers another winner...a propulsive page-turner about young love and second chances. You won’t be able to put this down." Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

"Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will enjoy this one." Publishers Weekly

In 2013, twenty-three-year old Molly Diamond is a barista, dreaming of becoming a writer. One night at a concert in East Williamsburg, she locks eyes with the lead singer, Jake Danner, and can’t look away. Molly and Jake fall quickly and deeply in love, especially after he writes a hit song about her that puts his band on the map.

Nearly a decade later, Molly has given up writing and is living in Flynn Cove, Connecticut with her young daughter and her husband Hunter—who is decidedly 
not Jake Danner. Their life looks picture-perfect, but Molly is lonely; she feels out of place with the other women in their wealthy suburb, and is struggling to conceive their second child. When Sabrina, a newcomer in town, walks into the yoga studio where Molly teaches and confesses her own fertility struggles, Molly believes she's finally found a friend.

But Sabrina has her own reasons for moving to Flynn Cove and befriending Molly. And as Sabrina’s secrets are slowly unspooled, her connection to Molly becomes clearer––as do secrets of Molly's own, which she’s worked hard to keep buried.

Meanwhile, a new version of Jake's hit song is on the radio, forcing Molly to confront her past and ask the ultimate questions: What happens when life turns out nothing like we thought it would, when we were young and dreaming big? Does growing up mean choosing with your head, rather than your heart? And do we ever truly get over our first love?


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