Treadmill: Mon., 10-Oct. > Fri., 14-Oct.
Here’s a screen shot of my Apple watch workout that was recorded while on the treadmill. My goal is to read while walking on the treadmill for at least one 30-minute mile per day.
As per usual, I did some off-treadmill reading for this book in addition to the treadmill workouts shown.
What I #AmReading…
Face Blind by JL Merrow
Of course I preordered this book back when that option first became available because…JL Merrow. Need I say more? And if you haven’t read this author’s The Plumber’s Mate series, what are you waiting for? If it’s a personal invitation, here you go…I’m handing you one right now. 😁😘
Face blindness, in case you’ve never heard of it (I hadn’t), is usually (though not always) brought on by traumatic brain injury, as is the case in this story. Corin was injured in an accident and was left unable to truly see or identify faces. He seeks out “identifiers” and pays attention to a person’s build and/or hair to help him out, but often that’s not enough, especially for average people with regular features who don’t stand out in any particular way. Corin doesn’t recognize his own brother, and when he looks in a mirror, a stranger looks back at him.
Fascinating as that is, and it does feature heavily in the story, there’s also quite a bit else going on. These other things unfold slowly as the story pulls you in chapter by chapter. There are a few personal mysteries brewing, and I correctly predicted one of them, but was totally wrong on another (the reality was sooo much better than what I’d guessed).
The ending is satisfying enough, but some bits are left with potential for more, so now I’m left waiting on tender hooks for book 2 to come out. I can’t decide if I hope book 2 features the same main characters, or one of the side characters, or…a certain someone who is, shall we say, partially named in this book though not shown on page (that I know of). And that’s all I can say on that without getting too spoilery. 😁
The POV is 3rd-person past, and is shared between the MCs, Corin Ferriman and Adam Merchant.
LOL…apparently the Brits have opinions regarding tea vs coffee, and those opinions vary but are strongly held as seen in a couple of these opposing snippets.
Evie is Adam’s sister (Adam’s POV):
Corin is the second speaker (Corin’s POV):
Declan is Corin’s brother. Corin is the first speaker (Corin’s POV):
Corin and his brother Declan are going out to eat. Declan is the first speaker (Corin’s POV):
They’re talking about Adam’s dad. (Corin’s POV):
Face Blind by JL Merrow
Contemporary M/M Romance
When even friends look like strangers, how will he ever find love?
Corin Ferriman was left face blind by the car crash that killed his ex. Even people he’s known for years are unrecognisable to him. Running from his guilt and new-found social anxiety, he’s moved to Glastonbury, where he knows no one—or does he? Repeated sightings of a mysterious figure leave him terrified that his ghosts have followed him.
Tattoo artist Adam Merchant left Glastonbury at sixteen, escaping from his emotionally distant mother to the father who’d left them seven years previously. Now, at twenty-five, he’s come home to bring his family back together. But in a cruel twist of fate, his mother dies before he can talk to her, leaving him haunted—perhaps literally—by her memory and his unanswered questions.
When Corin and Adam meet again after an eerie first encounter, Adam lays siege to the walls Corin’s built around himself, which start to crumble. But there are ghosts haunting them both, and while Adam longs for a connection beyond the veil, Corin’s guilt leaves him in angry denial that there could be anything after death. With the liminal festival of Samhain fast approaching, neither man is sure what’s real and what’s just a trick of the mind—or maybe something worse.