“When I went home that night, I told my parents that I was madly in love with this brave and beautiful woman who saved my life.”
Until It Fades apart from the gorgeous cover brought a new author to my attention, I have never read anything by Tucker before and now I will actively search for more of her books. Until It Fades was quick but with a surprising depth that touched a lot of topics.
Catherine leads a simple life, with her daughter, trying to make ends meet and leave her painful story behind that involves her teacher and a lot of people who were unwilling to believe a teenage girl; flash forward she’s trying blind dating which is a total disaster when she happens to drive by an accident and save someone’s life. It was interesting to see how Catherine’s history with her teacher was slowly revealed – some things were kind of predictable – but it was so in tune with her characterization and how her arc was developed with each passing information.
When her relationship with her teacher was revealed, she was left alone, to take all the responsibility and was utterly helpless with no other choice than to deal with her new reality. A few years later, she’s a waitress and she’s raising her daughter when the accident that puts her in Brett’s path happens, he’s a hockey player and the son of Hollywood royalty so the media buzz afterwards is huge. She saves him and overnight she becomes a hero. Due to her past she’s had her moment in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons so now she wants nothing more than to stay away from it. Which of course doesn’t happen but it gives her a second chance at dealing with the wrongdoings in her life.
This is a very character driven book, or at least half of it, most of it is about Catherine dealing with what is happening to her but Brett is actually a sweetheart and he deals with the aftermath of the accident that not only killed his friend but left his career in jeopardy. The accident brings Brett and Catherine closer as they do interviews together and find solace in one another in a slow pace with very realistic situations I absolutely loved and the writing made this so addictive to read. Some parts were a bit boring and predictable though, I expected this to blow me away and it didn’t but overall this was a very enjoyable read.