Samantha (Sam) Reddick is working as a waitress when a chance meeting with a stranger changes her life. Intrigued by words he has wrote on his placement mat, when he leaves Sam is overwhelmed by a sudden impulse to run after him, to return his written work. Sam finds she wants to learn more about this man’s story. The writing is so passionate and was a declaration of his love for a woman called Gwen. Who is this mysterious girl that has captured his heart that has compelled him to write his feelings on a placement mat?
Knowing that the stranger called Tony is in love with someone else Sam still spends a passionate night with him. Knowing the relationship is not going to go anywhere because his heart belongs to another, they part after that one night and they go their separate ways. Sam is left with one question that will burn away at her over the following years, what would it take to be loved the way he loved Gwen?
Over the years Sam becomes obsessed about Tony and his story. Wanting to know why and what was so special about Gwen and to why Tony would choose Gwen over her. When she looks Tony up on the social networking site facebook, she also finds Gwen. When she becomes friends with Gwen through facebook and they become close will she get the answers she as been looking for?
The Gaze is one of those brilliant books that draws you in from page one. The main character Sam is a lost soul who has hidden depths and the more you read on in the story the more the reader learns more about what is going on deep down with Sam emotionally, and the cause of this. This is a rather long story, but it does keep the reader entertained and in suspense throughout the story. There is no way that the reader can predict what will happen next or to what the outcome of the story will be. The Gaze managed to capture my gaze from beginning to end. An excellent written storyline, that comes to a very satisfying ending.
Javier A. Robayo immigrated to the United States in 1988. He began writing as a way of learning English. He studied at Slippery Rock University and lives in Western Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters, where he is currently at work on his next novel.
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