by D.M. Simmons
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Set in the fictional town of Lake Haven, Maine, Evoke examines the complexities of love and loss among childhood friends after a tragic accident claims the lives of three, while leaving two behind. When five friends return home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas wakes up two-months later and discovers she is the sole survivor of the accident that has claimed the lives of three of her friends, Laney quickly realizes the world she awakened to is not the one she remembers. The one thing that hasn't changed however, is Evan - one of their group of five not in the car that night. Laney and Evan have always been close. Children of best friends, their lives inextricable, connection unbreakable. He is the only person that understands her grief and can help her get through their shared nightmare. But when Evan disappears from her life, Laney's very presence reminding him of all they've lost, Laney is left to manage through her new world alone. Dean Danvers, a former classmate, is more than happy to help her pick up the pieces of her broken life. But when Laney's reckless behavior brings Evan crashing back into her life, he sets out on a course to help her remember the events that led up to that tragic night, including the truth of the friendships she'd cherished, and love coveted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951535124
Publisher: Gestalt Media
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

Evoke 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
George_Elliott More than 1 year ago
I’m not the biggest reader of YA fiction for the most part but I do like to dip my toe in every once in a while, and having done that with Evoke I was pleasantly rewarded by a solidly written book with a pretty compelling plot. I would also say not to be overly misled by the cover either as it seems to indicate, at least to me, that this would be more of a romance type book but it has a lot more going on than that. The mystery aspect of the book is the most enthralling, and it can get pretty chilling at times too. Overall a solid 4 stars, not quite 5, but very worthwhile read anyway.
Grymm More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story about a woman who endures the shock of tragedy, and finds an anchor to the world she knows when the dust starts to clear. The story is definitely written for the young adult scene, but as most young adult stories they can be enjoyed across multiple age groups. Simmons does a good job of basically reverse engineering the story and revealing bit by bit, kind of like a mystery but not quite. The writing is solid, I found it flowed quite well (which is a good thing since this is a start to a series), and the characters are loveable. I will say that outside of Evan and Laney it was a bit hard to find a connection with the characters, but Simmons does more than enough with her main character and love interest to keep us connected to the story. This story does really touch on loss and how to cope with life after a close, personal tragedy. It’s very hard not to feel the pain Laney goes through. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next piece in this series.