Series: The Mediator #7
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Reading Level: Adult
Pages: 400 (eARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
In REMEMBRANCE, the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).
But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.
REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.
I have been anticipating this book so much that I decided to treat it as a read-along with my friend Paige so we could fangirl as we read. Best decision ever because this book was everything I wanted it to be and more!
The first adult installment in this series promised foul language, violence, maybe some sexy times?!, and lots of love, so I was so ready for this book. What struck me was how easily Cabot was able to pick up the story where it left off so many years ago while having a six year age gap in all characters. I felt right at home after reading the opening disclaimer by Meg Cabot that this could be read as a standalone if the reader so wishes. My burning hatred for Paul hit me full force at page one, my love and adoration for Jesse immediately after, my respect for Suze still burned just as strong, my appreciation for Father Dominic and extreme dislike of Kelley Prescott...all the feels were still there. It was all there after years of waiting, like a natural instinct that has laid dormant in anticipation of this moment. All of the characters were consistent with who they were six years ago with an additional ridiculous amount of character growth (shout out to Dopey and Sleepy for surprising me in the most interesting of ways).
The plot of this book was also significantly darker than all of its young adult predecessors. I felt my skin crawling at certain moments, my heart falling to my toes as I bit back my revulsion. Suze's world has always been dark, but never this dark. It is worth mentioning such things because they can be triggers for some. To avoid spoilers, ignore the following sentence and skip to the next paragraph unless you are easily triggered when it comes to: child molestation, murder, child pornography, and suicide.
Part of the reason this world is so dark is because Cabot seriously blurs the lines between bad and good, and explores the fact that every good person has a bad streak in them. Both Jesse and Suze cross these lines on multiple occasions, and it gets readers thinking about good versus evil and how perception can really change how you look at a person.
But, rest assured, Jesse and Suze are still as amazing as ever. Jesse's saving lives and Suze is saving ghosts and they work well together, even if Jesse is a bit too chivalrous at times. Our favorite OTP is engaged and ready to take on the world, their romance is as hot as ever, and Jesse's desire to call a flashlight a cordless lamp still has me cracking up. All is good in their world. Except for the fact that there's a demonic-seeming child haunting Suze, Paul is still be his usual sucky self, Jesse just can't give in to the sexual needs inside him (much to my dismay!), and Suze can't escape her enemies from high school. So, in other words, same old, same old.
There is only one overarching complaint I have about this book and that is the fact that a very integral plot-line was dropped out of nowhere just because it seemed to suit the characters. I expected better from Cabot! Sure, said plot-line was brought about by Paul who nobody really likes aside from his banter, but Suze spends a good portion of this novel exploring said sub-plot for a while and then it just up and vanished when it was convenient to do so--forgotten when, at one point, it had the capability of demolishing the future she dreamed about. I found this to be very unsatisfactory and also very out of character for Suze, but then again, Cabot also breaks extreme character with Jesse near the end and I can't complain about that moment. I could get past the fact that the first seven chapters of the books are made up mostly of a ton of phone conversations out of annoying convenience to check in with all our old faves than anything else, but I could not get past this.
In the end, this book blew my mind. I zoomed through it because it was the book I desperately needed without realizing until it was handed to me. Jesse and Suze are one of my all-time favorite couples, and while the ending of book six was satisfactory, this book brings one of my most recommended series ever to a close that leaves me feeling warm fuzzies that will never subside. I am one content reader. The only way I could be any happier is for this series to never end. (Please?!)
FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for an honest review.