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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride Review

    When I heard that Kristina McBride got her inspiration for this novel from a real kidnapping that took place I became hesitant to read it. I know it isn't right to want to remain ignorant of the horrors that happen on a daily basis in the world, but sometimes I have to block it all out to be able to sleep at night. Meeting Tessa in this book, who's best friend Noelle was kidnapped and then came home after two years was interesting. Tessa felt as if she couldn't move forward because of what happened to Noelle and was also incredibly guarded after the incident. It was tough to read but even harder to imagine going through a situation like that personally. Anyone who picks up this book has to know it's going to be an emotional read but at times the intensity still took me by surprise.

    McBride gives readers a chance to look at how these kinds of traumas affect not only the victim of the crime but also the victim's family and friends. It's an intense depiction of a terrifying situation and the aftermath few hear much about. On a slightly lighter note, I will say I really enjoyed the relationship between Tessa and Max. It was a slight reprieve and I appreciated that. It was portrayed in a realistic light which flowed nicely with the development of the story as a whole. There was a lot of growth and understanding throughout.

    This is not a light and easy or quick read in my opinion, but I've never been a crime scene show type of girl either. I'm glad I got the chance to read it not to mention how much I enjoyed McBride's writing. I'm hoping this debut is only the beginning for her because I would love to read more of her work in the future.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Chilling tale of kidnap victim returning home

    THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, by Kristina McBride, was a bone-chilling thriller that explores the ripple-effect that a kidnapping creates. Although Noelle was kidnapped two years prior, her best friend, Tessa, held onto the hope that she was still alive and would come back home. When Noelle's brother told Tessa that Noelle was found and coming home, she believed that her friend was back but the opposite was true.

    I really enjoyed this book. There were two stories that revolved around Tessa, one with Max and the other with Noelle, AKA Elle. Tessa did not want to move on with her life because it felt wrong that Elle couldn't move on while she was gone. But when Tessa met Max, she finally found someone she could really connect with. At the same time, she was trying to protect Elle when she didn't need protecting.

    I also liked the added element of photography. The artistic eye that both Tessa and Max had added to their charm as a couple. And the assignment that was lingering over them throughout the book really tied it all in. The resulting project for Tessa was really fantastic. Her experiences with Max and Elle gave her a new perspective on life in the hope that she might be able to finally let go of "Noelle".

    The kidnapping had such an effect on all the characters, it was a bit startling to deal with at first. Elle was very unpredictable. It was heart-breaking to learn what she went through during the two years she was gone and it made her so strong, but I waited for her to snap at any moment. This young girl grew up very quickly and it was difficult to deal with for everyone around her. But I love how through it all, both Elle and Tessa realized that nothing could ever go back to what it was, but something new and beautiful could be created.

    This book is definitely a must-read.

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