Title: Heroes Are My Weakness
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Published by: William Morrow
The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A sinister house looming over the sea …
He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.
But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.
It’s going to be a long, hot winter.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my go to Chick Lit author. Especially, when I am in need of a good laugh. Believe me, SEP always delivers. When I saw Heroes Are My Weakness on the bookstore shelves, I immediately grabbed it without reading the blurb. That’s how much I love reading SEP’s and how much faith I have in her. Reading the first few chapters, disappointment starts creeping in. It is not how I expect the book is going to be. I find it extremely boring that I began to wonder what happened to SEP’s magic. The story opened with Annie Hewitt, a down-on-her-luck actress turned ventriloquist, arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm. She is broke and sick, but still not giving up. She went back to the island in the hope of fulfilling an obligation and finding her late mother’s legacy, who was an artist. But she was not prepared to find Theo Harp, a reclusive writer who writes about chilling horror novels, to also be in the island. Theo, the villain, who made Annie’s life miserable when they were teenagers. Now, she has to deal with her complicated past and present. Plus, it seems like someone wants her out of the island and is doing everything to shoo her away. Could it be Theo?
As a ventriloquist, Annie’s puppets were given a lot of pages in the story that it started to bore me. Good thing, her puppet talk dies down when she started meeting townspeople. The puppets saved themselves from totally being annoying when they were used to help a little girl who doesn’t speak, Livia. Once you get past the slow and dragging start, you will eventually get sucked in the story and will come to like Annie, as she can be quirky and funny as well. As for Theo, being mysterious and brooding adds to the appeal. Of course, it was hard to warm up to him at first but eventually, you’ll find out he isn’t too bad. He keeps a lot of secrets and a dark past that led people to believe he’s a bad guy and he let them think just like that. He is on the island to finish a book but is having writer’s block. Hanging out with Annie, though, takes out his grumpiness. I love the funny banter and dialogues they throw at each other. Typical SEP signature that I came to love. I also like the supporting characters and how they interact with Annie, and also how they play the role in the story.
It wasn’t a typical SEP light read what with all the mysteries and dark side. But I still enjoyed reading it. Sure, it was not a solid start, but if you just hang on to it, the story has a lot of potentials. I love how Annie, despite being on her lowest, manages to make people around her feel better. She is charming, resourceful and compassionate. Theo, on the other hand, is arrogant and hateful but later on was revealed to be carrying a heavy weight on his shoulders. Having a truckload of baggage endears me to him. His story is actually interesting. I wish he had more point of view in the story. Aside from the romance, the rest of the story was good enough. I also love the ending. I think it was the perfect ending for this book. Overall, Heroes Are My Weakness is a decent read.
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