The Reader by M.K. Harkins is sheer perfection! It has action, intrigue, romance, and an engagingly creative plot. I was riveted by the first chapter and swept away by this imaginative and beautifully written book. I literally stayed up half the night to finish it. I could not put it down until I knew how the story ended. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. It was so worth it (that’s saying something; I love my sleep)!
I’ll only give a brief summary of the book to avoid ruining this gem for other readers. Ann Baker wakes up on a beach injured and with no memory of who she is. She’s approached by two men, Archer and Devon, who appear to be her age. They explain they’ve been sent to help her and don’t want to cause her any harm. She consents and the three of them set out to journey safely home. While traveling, Ann asks several questions about the two men and how they came to find her. They refuse to answer her questions. She knows they’re something more going on, but with no memory and convinced they mean her no harm she relents and tries to hold off her questioning until she’s been checked over by their doctor. Once they reach Archer and Devon’s home, which turns out to be a compound, Ann learns that they believe she is the Lost One, a Reader (mind reader) so powerful she’s fated to save a race of people. That’s when the fun truly begins!!
The characters in this book are all top notch. Ann is a truly fascinating character. She’s injured and vulnerable, but also very strong and extremely quick witted. Her inquisitive nature and internal dialogue were a treat to read. Archer and Devon are also very engaging characters. They’re strong, protective, and handsome. Each of the main characters are well developed as more information is shared about their backgrounds.
Harkins has created a new world in The Reader and weaves such a beautiful tale. Her treatment of words and books in this story demonstrates that she has a true passion not only for the story she’s telling, but for words themselves. I haven’t loved a book merely for the imaginative story and word weaving in a long while. She is truly a master story-teller. I’m utterly fascinated by this new-to-me author now and can’t wait to read more of her works.
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Overall, this is a fantastic story. It’s imaginative and witty. The pace is great and the characters are fleshed out. I highly recommend it!