This was a very short novella – about 50 pages. For that, this review will also be short.
Walking Away is the shortest of novellas that I’ve read since I’ve started blogging.
When we meet Coraline, she’s slowly recovering from the heartbreak of returning home one day to find that her long-time boyfriend has packed up and moved out while she was at work. There was no explanation and she never heard from him again. She finally decides it’s time to try her hand at dating again, when, on a whim, she accepts a dinner invite from her co-worker, Charlie.
Short story shorter, she and Charlie hit it off and things are going great. Then Blake returns. This is where you’d expect some serious drama, right? Well there really wasn’t. Not like what I wanted. Or needed.
Because of this, the story fell very short for me. I can appreciate a novella. I have never minded short stories. But they need to be more developed and with more of a story. I regret that this just lost that factor so completely.
I will say, though, that the story that is told is still told well. For being Adriane’s debut, the writing is great. I just think that the story could have been taken further. That’s not to say I won’t pick up her first full-length novel, because I definitely will.