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Oh Honey by Emily Austin

32713947.jpgJane is a telemarketer. She uses a different name each time, and soon it becomes clear that she is calling the same man again and again. Each call is a new battle between them, with him becoming angrier and more threatening. But Jane isn’t calling him at random; Jane has a purpose; and Jane has a past which seems to change each time she tells it.

 

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads

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*Thank you to the publisher, Holland House, and NetGalley, for providing me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. 

I love Oh Honey’s cover. It easily attracts my attention and reading through the vague yet intriguing blurb, I just knew I need to read this book. Jane works as a call center agent at a research market company and she uses different names on each call she makes. But there is this one number that she’s been calling multiple times a day, making the man on the other end of the line furious at Jane. He hates her so much that he promises to get his revenge. Who is that guy, anyway, and why Jane is so hell-bent in antagonizing him? And also, who really is Jane? Is that even her real name? Why does she keep changing stories about her everytime she tells it?

Oh Honey is described as sharp, funny and dark. And while it lived up to the expectations, I wasn’t prepared as to how things get too dark a little too fast. Might be because it is a short one and doesn’t really need a lot of building up. At first, it was so hard to connect to Jane. She seemed to be a difficult person to deal with. She constantly lies and you can’t be sure when she’s telling the truth, her uncontrolled drug use is sickening, and her cutting is stomach-churning. But as the story progresses and Jane’s past started to unfold and reveal a distressing life she leads, I can’t help but feel an utmost sympathy towards her. Aside from Jane, though, there’s no other notable character. Sure, the man she’s been calling every time is intriguing, but the moment her reason was revealed, I was left disappointed. I guess I was hoping for it to be at least surprising.

The writing style is good but I find myself skipping the repetitions and there’s a handful of it. I feel like the pages could be put in a good use in delving deeper into Jane’s past than the repeated dialogues considering how short the story is. I can’t say I like the ending, either. It happens so fast, so abrupt. It’s such a dismay knowing how short the novel is, but to also end in a cliff-hanger just when you’re starting to enjoy the story is downright disappointing.

Despite it being dark and disturbing, with it touching the issues of drug use, mental health, suicide, and a few more heavy stuff with a hint of humor, I still find it a solid read. Though clearly, this is not the type for everyone’s liking, if you don’t mind reading about such theme, you should give this one a shot.

RATING: 3.5/5

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