Call Me Evie by JP Pomare

Call Me Evie is a very dark, very twisted psychological suspense novel. It is darker and twistier than most that I have read in the last year – and that says a lot.

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Kate, aka Evie, is a 17 year old girl whose is being raised by widowed father who is a retired rugby star. Her life is very structured, her father fairly strict – except when he isn’t strict at all. Slowly Kate’s life begins to spiral out of control as she begins dating Thom, her best friend seemingly turns against her and she turns to alcohol as a means of coping. After a sex tape appears, her life crashes all around her and ultimately there is a murder – or an accident – that send Kate on the run.

I found every single page of Call Me Evie disturbing. Every.Single.Page. There were times that I quite nearly put it down and didn’t finish it but I will admit that the book is compelling and I absolutely had to know who “Jim” was. The person I suspected was correct but there is absolutely no way for anyone to imagine how this book will end. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it. I’ve been reading psychological suspense since I was 12 years old and this one has left me flabbergasted, not necessarily in a good way. You know how at the end of the movie Sixth Sense when you discover the “twist” you have this “aha” moment and it flashes back to all of the red clues and you said, “aaaahhhhh.” It made sense at that point. There was no “aaaahhhh” moment for me with Call Me Evie. There was one side, there was another side, there was an alternate side and I still don’t know what was what.

There appears to be a saturation point with authors right now who are trying to outwit, out shock, out “aha” the reader and these gimmicks simply are not working for me. I enjoy reading for what I will learn, for clever plots, for interesting characters, for realistic individuals – not for the shock value. When I look back on this story and its plot, not one page of it is plausible. Not one. This makes incredibly sad. I LOVE Putnam & Sons’ books. They are a publishing house that I almost always can count on for a really good read. Sadly, this fell far short of the mark. Also, one last note. I suspect that this should be noted as a Young Adult read. It is about a group of 17 year old kids and it was far better suited to younger readers.

I was furnished my copy of #CallMeEvie by #Edelweiss.

16 thoughts on “Call Me Evie by JP Pomare

    1. I’m so glad it wasn’t just me Shalini. Sometimes I’m so off in my own field with the tulips that I think I’m losing my mind, but with this one maybe not. πŸ˜‰ We will just move on to better thrillers, then, shall we?

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    1. Darinda, perhaps you’ll like it more than me. It just struck too many bad chords with me. I wonder what it is with the YA books creeping into the adult section. On the other hand, this almost seemed to be more older teen than even YA, you know? It didn’t sit right at all anywhere.

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  1. You know, I had issues with this book too but until I read your review, I didn’t actually realize what they were! The crazy thing is that I started it, had no idea what was going on because of all the crazy twists (which really were implausible), and then thought I’d finished it when I hadn’t! I deleted it off my PC…I alternate reading the PDF file on my PC and the file on my Kindle depending where I am and my mood, and had deleted the PDF thinking I was done, haha! So I saw it still downloaded on my Kindle, opened it, and realized I still had over a 1/3 to go! I’ve never done that before with any book. I’m not sure if that means I DNFd without realizing it or not, haha! Maybe I’m losing my marbles?!

    I did, however, finish it, but good grief! The writing was all over the place and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. I’m teaching creative writing this year (I’m a university Eng Lit professor), and I swear some of my students could have written something better than this. Anyway, I enjoyed your review! I don’t even know what to say about this one…

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    1. That is too funny Stephanie!! It was the strangest book! I wanted to like, I don’t know why, I just couldn’t.
      It is so wonderful that you’re an Eng Lit professor! All of my favorite teachers and professors have been in English Literature, with the exception of journalism and History. Okay, so I just love liberal arts! LOL! The sad thing is that I never really understood the importance of literature or grammar until I attended university where I had the most incredible professor! I ended up with enough hours to minor in literature because I kept taking all of the courses she offered! Sadly, her marvelous grammar instruction was overshadowed by years of AP style journalism so please don’t judge my writing style. πŸ˜‰ Have a beautiful week Stephanie.

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      1. LOL, I’m still not sure what I was thinking. It was and I’m a little shocked to see 5 star reviews but what do I know? I love my job so much! It’s a lot of fun doing what I do! I hear you about liberal arts since I minored in history and almost got my degree in that instead (when I wasn’t debating sociology, anthropology, and journalism…I drove my parents insane deciding on a degree!). I’m so glad to hear you had a wonderful English lit professor! I had one of those too (well, several), and she really shaped how I teach, why I teach, and why I chose to teach at the college level–I love the teaching but love that I can and have to do research and write about the field as part of the job! I never thought I would do that when I was growing up. Haha, I hate AP style because I still have to look up in reference books how to use it to advise students since I’ve not taught it and haven’t used it since the 90’s but will never hold it against you! You too, Mackey! πŸ™‚

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