The Preservationist [Book Review]

Title: The Preservationist
Author: Justin Kramon
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 336
Year: 2013
Publisher: Pegasus
Source: Review copy from author
Rating: 3.5/5


Last year, Julia lost her brother, her passion, and possibly her emotional-stability. This year, she is a freshman in college, attracted to two different men, neither of whom want to let her go. But someone is taking things too far and Julia is quickly in over her head.

My Thoughts:

When Justin asked me if I wanted a copy of his latest book, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Remember, I LOVED Finny. ADORED it. So even though psychological thrillers aren’t normally in my reading wheelhouse, I happily gave The Preservationist a shot.

It started a little slow for me. And a little creepy – I really couldn’t figure out why 18-year-old Julia would be attracted to 40-year-old Sam. But around 100 pages in, I really needed to know who was good and who was bad and just what was going to happen.

Told alternately by Julia, Sam, and Marcus, this book kept me guessing.  So, while it wasn’t particularly realistic for me, it was certainly kept me on the edge of my seat, and I thought the ending was just perfect.

(But I am not-so-secretly hoping Justin’s next book less Julia, more Finny).

3 thoughts on “The Preservationist [Book Review]

  1. Justin Kramon October 15, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review my book. I really appreciate your honesty and insightfulness. I hope you’re having a great fall!
    Very best,


  2. Heather October 16, 2013 / 9:01 am

    I felt the same way as you did about Finny and this book too. I haven’t written my review yet but I imagine it’ll say similar things to what you did. 😉


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