Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
There are certain books that, when you finish them, you know exactly how you feel. You turn the last page, sit back, and you just know. This is a book I will re-read many times in the years to come, or a book I wish I never wasted my time with in the first place. Reckless Treasure, interestingly enough, is not so simple. Quite frankly, I have an intense mixture of feelings on this novel.
This story revolves around many characters, namely Francesca, who lives with her uncaring mother, Francie, and disgusting twin, Ricky. Her home life has always been rough, and as the years go on, things have only gotten worse. Her only solace is in her best friends, Tricia and Mitch. But Mitch has been in love with her for years, and while it’s obvious to everyone else, Francesca has no idea. She is entranced by her neighbor, Jerry, who just happens to be sleeping with her abusive mother. And this is just the beginning.
I will say this much. Author Cecily Wolfe unquestionably has a true gift when it comes to her characters. There isn’t a single character in this entire book that you don’t have a strong feeling for. Francesca, Mitch, and Tricia, for example, are easy protagonists to both root for and empathize with. But Francie and Ricky are so putrid that you’ll find yourself cringing just by seeing their name.
What makes the novel so interesting, for me, is that I found the premise to be slightly ridiculous. Or at the very least, unrealistic. It certainly has its captivating, truthful moments, but there are some that simply don’t add up. And the book ends in such a way that there are too many loose ends to give the reader much closure. Had Wolfe tied said loose ends, she could have potentially solved the novel’s core flaw: the plot’s lack of believability. That being said, none of this stops Reckless Treasure from being a total page-turner. It almost reminds me of guilty pleasure reality TV shows. You find yourself constantly shaking your head, but you can’t turn the channel.
Reckless Treasure is filled with more than its fair share of dramatic moments, but what it ultimately lacks is a climax. Characters like Mitch and Tricia deserve at least some sort of ending, and so we as readers can’t help but feel disappointed and honestly, kind of ripped off that they don’t get one. Even a sad ending would have been better than none.
Ending aside, what can I say about Reckless Treasure? It needed to be more carefully edited, as I found multiple errors throughout. The premise wasn’t my cup of tea, but the characters I was easily drawn to within the first few chapters. It’s fast-paced and an easy read. It’s a crazy ride, and something that’s easy to lose yourself in. I would say this is a good fluff read, and that’s why I rate it 2.5/5 stars.
Reckless Treasure Is Out Now.