Seal All Exits (book review)
About the book:
Heather Morrow has been fighting demons all her life, but the past two years have likely been her darkest. So when her friend Katie invites her to a reunion of sorts, Heather jumps at the chance, because Katie, one of the most down-to-earth people Heather has ever called friend, is the only person she has ever felt like herself around, and Heather realizes that she needs an ally to help her out of the shadows.
Kiefer Steele, vocalist for Shock Treatment, has been battling some demons of his own. He’s been a nothing most of his life, but world-famous J.C. Gibson took him from his beach-combing, weed-smoking ways and helped him make something of himself…except life on the road has taken its toll. The only ray of hope in his life has been his continuing online friendship with Heather. The two met in person once, backstage at a concert, and their friendship has grown stronger.
They haven’t seen each other in three years, though, and both have changed immensely.
When they discover each other’s darkest secrets, will their friendship—and budding romance—survive, or are they destined to spend their lives apart…and alone?
Let me get my negative out of the way first: How in the world did Heather and Kiefer NOT recognize each other when they met up in the bar? I would have understood it if they had met one night (back stage/drunk/high) and then didn't see each other again until randomly 3 years later. But not when they've been keeping in touch and become the best of friends (via e-mail) the whole time. Even if they changed... they would have been on each others minds. One of them would have surely recognized the other, right? But let's go with it.
I did love the idea of them meeting and then becoming best friends online. I loved the idea that both of them were so important to the other... without realizing. I loved that both had these dark secrets... both were survivors. While being so different, they really were similar.
While I enjoyed Heather and Kiefer's story... I really enjoyed the book because of the overall group dynamic that was created by Heather's friend Katie and Kiefer's bandmate Johnny inviting their gang of friends together to their "cabin" for a week. One... that cabin sounded magical (indoor pool, sauna, library, music studio, hiking trails....). Two... the whole group seemed to be up for such casual fun (hanging out, playing board games, sharing meals, making music...). It brought such memories of before having my kids. I have great memories of our group of friends pre-kids and some pre-marriage taking group trips... having big pot luck type parties.
I'd love to visit with this group again.
About the author:
Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado, moved from one city/town to the next, and she’s decided she likes it so much she wants to stay…although travel is not out of the question. She lives in a big town in Colorado (not unlike the fictional Winchester she writes so much about) with her husband and four children. She is working on becoming a crazy cat lady. Okay, so maybe not.
Still want more? Jade has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater, a master’s degree in English, and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing. Obviously, she loves school and the student loan folks love her. She works in human services by day, teaches English and creative writing at night, and—in between playing soccer mom and community leader—writes like a fiend. Someday soon, she’ll narrow it down to just writing, but let’s get all those kids off to college first.