It Ends With Us is a thought provoking, well written glimpse into complex relationships. Told in a dual timeline, full of emotion and suspense.
I loved the writing style and really felt the emotional turmoil that Lily was going through. Considering the themes of toxic relationships, narcissistic behaviour and domestic abuse, the book also included an uplifting, hopeful element. I felt quite conflicted about some of the characters, which shows how well they were written. And I found the difficult topics were handled well.
The story stayed with me for days afterwards. I actually felt quite unsettled by it, which is a remarkable skill.
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.