Title – Clear
Author – Jessica Park
Publication Date – February 17, 2015
Genre – Paranormal Romance
Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.
When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.
Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.
When the line between life and death blurs.
When an end is just a beginning.
When lust and rage rule.
Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.
Welcome to death tripping.
A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.
Jessica Park has a gift for creating unforgettable stories and beautifully broken characters with her words. I’ve adored everything she’s written so I was excited to see that she had a new release on the horizon. Clear was everything and nothing I could have expected simultaneously, taking me on a journey unlike any I’ve ever read. Jessica Park has not only crafted an emotional and heart-wrenching novel once again, but she has managed to fabricate an entire world that was utterly captivating. What started out as a love story soon became so much more and I was completely enchanted by the complex journey that Jessica took Stella and Sam on. Clear had me riding the full spectrum of emotion as Stella uncovered the startling truth about Sam and found herself falling under his spell.
“Everything will be okay. Good things last, and the bad things will fade away. So, go find your good.”
Stella, Sam, and Costa were all unique characters that held a key role in the execution of this story. All three had been broken in some way, left to live in the aftermath of their personal destruction. My mind spun from the pain and angst that surrounded this inimitable group. Jessica Park had my heart hurting for each and every one of them, while I desperately hoped a happily ever after was on the horizon for them. The development of these characters was divine. Jessica unraveled the layers of her characters expertly and unapologetically. Their flaws and talents gave them an authenticity that kept me connected to them. The relationships in Clear are overflowing with need on such a visceral level. They felt urgent and raw and inevitable. Jessica Park has written an unbreakable bond between her characters and the mesmerizing nature of their ties ensured my complete investment in this story.
“I wanted to save myself when I left. The only thing I thought to do was to go to the one person I knew who I could intrinsically trust. You.”
The concept of Death Tripping was exquisitely twisted and unquestionably unique. The care with which Jessica Park plotted and paced this story leant itself to a slow build up of feeling that eventually exploded like fireworks. Every detail of the trip, each emotional and physical facet was created to carefully carve out this unusual notion until it became absolutely tangible. As a reader, I was so swept up in the magic and mystery of this story that I couldn’t have walked away if I tried. I had to be a part of Sam, Stella, and Costa’s journey. I had to know how this story would end. With Clear, Jessica Park has written another phenomenal novel full of heartache, uncertainty, passion, loss, and life. This vibrant story and its colorful characters is one that will definitely stick with me and I hope there will be more Death Trippers coming our way in the future!
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Old dock boards creak beneath my shoes, but Sam doesn’t turn back. He won’t even look at me when I sit down next to him and hang my feet over the lapping water. He holds a half-empty bottle of whiskey in one hand. My worry only increases when I touch his arm, and he pulls away.
“Sam…” I start.
“You know, don’t you?” he says flatly. “Kelly told you.”
I shake my head. “I know something happened, something happened to you.”
Sam takes a too-long drink and then corrects me, “I made something happen.”
I touch his arm again, and this time, he lets me.
“I’m going to tell you because you’ll find out anyway. That’s inevitable even though I pretended it wasn’t. Then, you’re going to hate me, the way most people in this town do.”
“Sam, I could never hate you.”
“Yes, you will.”
Now, he angles his face, and I can see how pained his expression is.
“For about ten minutes, I got to feel good again, good with you, and that’s going to end. Of course. And I can’t fucking stand that, Stella, because you are a relief in this fucking insane world. I felt it the second I saw you, and it scared the hell out of me. But it was there, as clear as day.”
His eyes are red, and I’m not convinced it’s from the booze.
“For reasons I can’t begin to understand, I am whole again with you. After everything, I get to feel whole. And now, it’s all going to blow up. Another bomb detonating in my life.” He laughs, but it’s filled with anguish. “My fucking life.”
Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.