Review: Only Ever Her

Review: Only Ever Her

Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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Official synopsis

It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.

Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts?

Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?

As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?

While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.


Right off the bat, I wasn't a fan of the prose of the story and the present tense kept throwing me off. Something about it made me disconnected to the characters and what they were doing but I was intrigued by the plot enough that I wanted to know more. My second reaction to this book was that there were too many character POVs. I couldn't get emotionally invested in any of them except Annie who I was invested in for all the wrong reasons. I couldn't stand her character. She was extremely selfish and entitled despite claiming that she's only pretending to be the way she is because everyone expects her to be that way. No girl. Stop using people for your own gain and getting upset when they expect something from you in return. I couldn't wrap my head around her.

There was also so much repetition of information. Over and over we're told that Annie was three years old when her mother was killed. Cordell Lewis got charged for her murder. I don't need to read this information 10 times in various different ways through different character's POVs in order for me to understand it or retain it. There were many other facts/plot points throughout the book that were repeated over and over again as well and it gets to a point where it becomes frustrating.

The synopsis of the book is slightly misleading in that it definitely is not thriller but instead a very slow-paced "mystery" filled with little urgency and a lot of lies and secrets. I didn't hate it but sadly, I didn't care for it either.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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