This review of Tight Knit by Shaya Crabtree is going to be a mixture of good and bad. Overall, I liked this book. I want to make that clear right from the start.
The premise of the story is a good one, and the setting is perfect. Most of the characters, especially the secondary ones from the small town of Perry are well developed.
The main characters, Paige Daley and Lara Spellmeyer are not treated as perfect people, which I like. It makes the story more realistic to let your characters have some flaws.
However, the more I read through the novel, the more irritated I became with Lara. That became a big problem because the story is written in third person POV through Lara’s character. Lara has some major baggage about the town of Perry that kept me from fully enjoying the story. This baggage caused a lot of the conflict between Lara and Paige, and I really wanted Lara to just “get over it” much faster than she did. It felt unrealistic to me that someone would let their past affect their present life so badly, and Lara’s actions made her look selfish and petty.Then I remembered someone that I personally know in real life who has similar baggage and has reacted the same way Lara does in the book. Irritating or not, Lara is written true to life. Once I realized that, I was able to enjoy the story more.
I’m glad I read this book and I will look for more from this author.
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.