Author: Justin Kramon
Publication Date: October 2013
To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, “a great beast of a birthday,” as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam’s attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia.
Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches and Julia becomes less and less sure whom she can trust.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
The Preservationist is an intense book. Julia has had a rough time the past year due to a tragedy that she blames on herself. She has trouble talking about it until she meets Sam, who is a good listener and makes her feel comfortable.
Sam is weird but sweet. There are some red flags where he is concerned but he’s so sweet and almost seems a little “simple.” But he’s not the only man in Julia’s life. There is Marcus who seems pretty normal to begin with but then some things happen that make you wonder. And what about her roommate’s boyfriend?
All of the questions are answered (except for one but I don’t want to spoil anything) and the second half of the book is full of nail-biting suspense.
I definitely recommend The Preservationist, especially if you like suspense.