Conspiracy theories are the best. Although their biggest adherents often look like crackpots, I’d put a good conspiracy right up there with my fascination for cults. Rachel Carter delves into the Montauk Project with her debut So Close To You, a young adult time travel romance.
Many years ago, main character Lydia Bentley’s great grandfather, Dean, disappeared mysteriously. The army base said it was a combat training accident. Yet, Lydia’s grandfather, Dean’s son, has never believed this explanation and suspects the Montauk Project has something to do with the disappearance. He has never been able to let go of his grief. Flash forward to present day. Lydia, visiting the abandoned army base with her grandfather, comes across an empty and open module. Y’all, long summary short, she travels back in time to the 1940s just before Dean disappears.
There were things I liked and disliked about So Close To You. I suppose I will start out with the things I liked. When Lydia lands in the 1940s, she forms a close bond with Mary who is Dean’s sister. Mary is vivacious and warm. I thought she stole every scene she was in. Also, the mechanics of time travel and the means, the Tesla Machine are fascinating. I also liked how Lydia didn’t immediately fit perfectly and had some awkward moments as a person from the future. So Close To You does a fabulous job in incorporating the Butterfly Effect as well.
Yet, my feelings toward So Close To You are not all positive. The romance Lydia engages in is entirely instalove. There is zero sexual tension or build, which I think really ends up selling the swoons kind of short. There are relatively few scenes with the love interest, Wes. And when he shows up, y’all he is kind of a wet blanket. Also, Lydia is a very mediocre heroine. Like, I don’t remember much about her character and I JUST read the book. OH WAIT. While reading about her I would be like, NO DON’T GO IN THERE, much like when you watch a horror movie and the girl decides to investigate the basement or the hallway like a total idiot. Oh, and the ending is a total cliffhanger which is annoying. I just want books in a series to be able to stand alone with some resolution, is that too much to ask?
At this point I am not sure if I will stick around for the sequel. So Close To You had a ton of potential, but based on mediocre characters and romance, it really fizzled out for me.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of So Close To You by Rachel Carter:
Chick Loves Lit – “a fun mix of time travel, romance, and history”
Once Upon A Prologue – “a fresh look at time-travel and all its various implications”