As soon as I read the synopsis for this novel, I immediately knew that I had to read it. It promised a bit of everything that I enjoy in a good story, but what I ended up getting was so much more than I had ever hoped for.
The One That Got Away takes the reader over the course of a couple of decades in Clara and Ben’s lives. We get to see how they met in university, how their relationship developed, and all of the highs, lows, intensity, and drama that comes with young love. We also get to witness how they have lived their lives since university and how they had each moved on. The one thing that didn’t change was their love for one another. Despite all that had transpired between them, the choices, poor decisions, the years that had passed by, the changes in their lives, they still felt the love.
There was nothing easy about Clara and Ben’s story. Nothing at all. This story hurt. But I am a reader who is always drawn to the stories that aren’t the easiest. I want the real feelings that come with relationships: the heartache, the complications, the intense feelings. Charlotte Rixon has written a book that makes a reader feel. This book put my emotions through the wringer.
As soon as I began reading The One That Got Away, I knew that I was in for an all-consuming reading experience. It grabbed me right from the first couple of pages and kept me glued to the pages, wanting to discover what exactly had happened and what was going to become of the characters.
If you’re expecting a swoony, mushy love story, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for a messy, intense, somewhat dark story with some difficult subject matter that will make you feel a gamut of emotions, this is the book that you’ve been waiting for.
The One That Got Away will definitely be on my list of favorite books of 2023. I am looking forward to reading more books by Charlotte Rixon in the near future.