Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: By a Thread by R.L. Griffin


Stella's future was set, and it was a bright one. She was engaged to a man she adored, and was headed to law school in the fall. Tragically, her perfectly planned future ends just as it was beginning.

With no ties to family or friends, Stella finds herself alone in a new city, spiraling out of control. Her typical day comes to a close with her passed out on the floor; sometimes clothed.

Luckily, her new roommate, essentially a stranger, is dead set on getting Stella past her grief and back to functioning within society. Putting one foot in front of the other, she climbs up from the bottom of a bottle. Even with all her progress, Stella walks through life unfeeling, numb. Defiant, she sends out warning signals for the world to keep away. But, is that what she really wants?

With the steadfast help of a few tight knit friends, she gradually begins to feel again. She starts to savor the flavor of food again; lets herself notice how the handsome bartender glances at her. Still, after allowing herself a fling, she wonders if she will ever be able to let go of her shattered past, fully enjoy the present, or get over what she thought would be her perfect future and with the man who destroyed her heart.

Publication Date: March 15, 2013

By a Thread took me completely by surprise! I didn’t expect it to be so dark and then that ending…Gah! I’m still reeling. I have to give the author props because I am so eager to read the next book to see what’s going to happen to Stella.

Stella is a tough nut to crack. I didn’t like her all that much, but I believe her characterization was pretty realistic. She’s supposed to be this hard woman undone by grief, so I did feel bad for her and understood why she pushed people away the way she did. I did find it a little annoying how every guy was head over heels for her although she could be such a raging biotch.

George was a total sweetheart and I did feel bad about how much crap he had to put up with in order to be in Stella’s life. Every girl needs her own George! As Stella lets down her guard, I really enjoyed the two of them together.

The story took a little while to get going, but once it did, the last quarter was a doozy! I really didn’t guess the twists the author decided to throw in. The cliffhanger ending makes me want to read the next book ASAP.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Your review makes me want to read THIS book ASAP! Well done, my friend! I'm reading Dark Dreamer right now ;) WRITE ON!

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