It’s been over a week since I finished the second book in the Fish Tales series by Suanne Laqueur and I still have a massive book hangover. Check out my review below.
Suanne Laqueur’s award-winning debut novel The Man I Love thrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare’s journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story.
It’s been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he’s chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik’s unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John “Opie” Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again.
Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy’s present life. Supported by John’s patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me.
In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.
I became completely enamoured with Erik and Daisy’s story in The Man I Love, and I absolutely could not wait to dive into Give Me Your Answer True, to experience things from Daisy’s point of view. Yes, this is a POV book, but unlike many out there, this isn’t a carbon copy of the original story. This book not only highlights scenes that we do know, but it delves into exactly what happened in those pivotal scenes for Daisy, and also focuses heavily on what happened to Daisy during the many years she spent apart from Erik.
I loved that with this book, we didn’t just revisit the past events we already experienced in TMIL, we were given a whole new story to sink our teeth into. We learn more about Daisy as she tries to come to terms with what happened at Lancaster, and the domino effect of events which followed in its wake. We see her career blossom, her friendships strengthen, relationships form (hello, silver fox!!!), and yet through it all, what looks to be an almost perfect life, we see her suffering.
Poor Daisy. I don’t think I fully took into account what she went through during book 1, because we were focused on Erik, so it was great to have that chance with book 2. My heart absolutely went out to her, and I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Erik. Yes, she hurt him horrendously, but he put not only her, but also Will (and therefore veryone who loves them), through hell after that fateful night. And speaking of Will… we get to see more from him and Lucky!! (I’m dancing in my seat right now).
I honestly loved everything about this book. Suanne Laqueur is a truly wonderful and talented writer, and
Erik and Daisy’s (do you know what? No. This was more than just Erik and Daisy’s story) this story, that of everyone who was effected by the events which happened at Lancaster, has firmly wedged itself inside my heart, and I don’t see it budging for quite some time, if ever. It’s not often at all that I binge-read a series, but there was no stopping me with The Fish Tales series. I read all 3 full length novels back to back, completely ignoring life for a week, and I had no regrets at all.
It’s a series I wish I could read again for the first time, but know that I’ll still love them just as much the second, third, and fourth times over. One of my favourite books/series of the year, and an absolute must read.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*