He Found Me (He Found Me #1) by Whitney Barbetti

He Found Me: (He Found Me #1)


When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare. But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the facade that was Andra Walker. I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian. And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.


He Found Me was an alright story, but the writing style was not for me. It was too descriptive and just not a style of writing that I enjoy.

Cora was in a bad situation when she ran away and disappeared. She started a new life under a new identity, Andra, with the help of an older friend. She is now living a unassuming life, living and working on a farm in Colorado away far away from Cora's life. She doesn't really let anyone get close to her, definitely doesn't date anyone since she would have to lie about her past and that is a big problem for her. She feels bad lying, and she did have a bad past, but it seems like she still needs to figure out how to deal with that and try and move on. Just because you assume a new identity doesn't mean you can't have relationships. She is still working on moving on and really living her life, but she is happy enough where she is.

Julian is a mystery writing and he is renting out a cabin on the ranch for a month to work on his newest book. As soon as he arrives there is an attraction between him and Andra. They can't seem to stay away from each other. Even though Andra doesn't date she can't help but agree to go out with Julian.

This is really a love story with a little bit of the Monster might have found her again thrown in here and there. It is not so much about the Monster or what happened with him, although that is there and has to be since Andra hasn't dealt fully with everything that happened. The first few chapters where Cora is escaping I really enjoyed. I thought oh this is going to be good, but then it just went a bit downhill for me. The style of writing didn't work for me. I didn't really see the attraction between the main characters and their conversations and such were just a bit off. There was too much description and something just bugged me about it all. After a while I started skimming the text as it just wasn't holding my attention. It had the potential to be a really great story, but by the end I just felt like the Monster when he came up was just added to add drama. It didn't feel real, like it didn't feel like a part of the story but rather something that was just added all of a sudden. Maybe if we had more of the Monster storyline it would have flowed better, but I don't know. Really the way it was written made me think that Six is not on the up and up. It made me think that maybe Andra shouldn't trust Six, which I am not sure is what the author was going for. I suppose I would have to read the next book and see what happens, but it doesn't seem likely that the guy who keeps saving her would be working with the Monster so...an interesting storyline but unfortunately the execution didn't work for me. 

Rating: ★ ★ 

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