When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.
Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot's past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.
Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?
This is a pretty quick read about a man who feels trapped: he's trapped living in a city he hates, the administration of the school he works for turned its back on him after a serious incident and he fears that he's being placed back in the closet by his partner. Unable to take it any longer, Elliot decides to return to a cabin in his hometown and just decompress. While there, Elliot is able to fully think about his life and the decisions he's made.
While this is a good premise, I feel like it wasn't fully actualized. Much of the story is told through flashbacks and I often felt like I was being told various points of the story instead of watching them unfold. I also felt like pieces were missing, especially when it came to Mick. Why was he afraid to fully come out? What happened in his past? The brief introduction of Elliot's father also seemed to come out of nowhere and ended very abruptly. I would have liked to have learned more about that situation, but it was glossed over.
All in all, this was an okay read. I couldn't really connect with Elliot and Mick because I just didn't know enough about them. They seemed likable for the most part, but more development would have helped.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.
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