I love stumbling upon a great book, one that draws me in immediately, one that I cannot put down, one that elicits both tears and laughter. As authors, we strive to bring this experience to readers. Ryan Ringbloom seems to have it down to a science.
I read Panic on the heels of Flaw, my very first encounter with New Adult author, Ryan Ringbloom. And while I loved everything about Flaw, Panic is on an entirely different plane. I haven’t been held captive to a book like this in a very long time. I laughed, I cried, I empathized, I cried some more – I was completely engrossed in the characters, their experiences and interactions. They were so real, relatable and endearing. My heart broke for them in times of despair and I felt uplifted by their happiness and excitement.
The book is broken into two parts and is told from the points of views of four characters whose lives intertwine in quite an unexpected way. At least, it was unexpected for me. When I finally realized the final direction, I was on line at GameStop. My audible gasp resulted in more than a few curious stares from the geeky gamer crew (I say this with affection since I write about the geeky gamer crew). I had to fight back tears while the incredibly concerned cashier tried to comfort me.
I really enjoyed the way this story unfolds, how the relationships develop between these couples. Ryan has a real talent for delivering a riveting tale through the eyes of multiple storytellers. She gives us as readers eyes into the souls of the fictional characters that she’s worked so carefully to craft.
No words I can write will do this book justice. Panic is an excellent read, one that I’m so grateful to have found. Ryan, you really have a wonderful gift. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!