Review: They Called Me Wyatt – Natasha Tynes (ARC)

[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]

Review: They Called Me Wyatt by Natasha Tynes (ARC)
Language: English
Publisher: California Coldblood Book | Rare Bird Books
Pages: 280
Release date: June 11th 2019.

My overall rating for this book: 4/5

Synopsis:
When Jordanian student Siwar Salaiha is murdered on her birthday in College Park, Maryland, her consciousness survives, finding refuge in the body of a Seattle baby boy. Stuck in this speech delayed three-year old body, Siwar tries but fails to communicate with Wyatt’s parents, instead she focuses on solving the mystery behind her murder. Eventually, her consciousness goes into a dormant state after Wyatt undergoes a major medical procedure.
Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a well-adjusted young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. His investigation forces him to open a door he has kept shut all his life, a spiritual connection to an unknown entity that he frequently refused to acknowledge. His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?
Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a well-adjusted young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. His investigation forces him to open a door he has kept shut all his life, a spiritual connection to an unknown entity that he frequently refused to acknowledge. His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I was intrigued by the plot of this book, and oh boy did it exceed my expectations! The storytelling of this particular story was very unique and it felt like a breath of fresh air. The portrayal of Siwar and Wyatt was just beautiful. And the frustration of Siwar basically vibrated through the text.

It was also a first for me to read a book that was partly set in the Middle East. In my opinion it was a great balance between writing about the U.S and Jordan. It felt like both places got the focus they needed to tell the story in a correct way.
The story has it all, the classic “Who did it?!”, love and betrayal, the highs and lows of family life. And Natasha’s writing was just spectacular. And the twists and turns of the story had me on the edge of my seat the entire read. I really recommend that you all pick this book up in the future!

The release date for the book is  June 11th, 2019.



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