Evoke Review

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About the Book

Set in the fictional town of Lake Haven, Maine, Evoke examines the complexities of love and loss among childhood friends after a tragic accident claims the lives of three, while leaving two behind. When five friends return home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas wakes up two-months later and discovers she is the sole survivor of the accident that has claimed the lives of three of her friends, Laney quickly realizes the world she awakened to is not the one she remembers.

Evoke won a Gold Medal in the YA Mystery Category in the 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Awards.


Well dang this book was good! Like seriously, I couldn’t put it down! If you’ve read any of my other reviews lately you’ll know that I’ve been struggling to stay focused on books, so it really came as a shock that I was so instantly lured into this story! But lured, hooked, sunk I was! I HAD to know what happens (something I can usually figure out right away) and then even at the end there was another HUGE twist! I also see on Goodreads that it’s listed as a series, so now I kind of need the next book ASAP.

Evoke is one part thriller one part mystery one part romance and a whole lot in between. The romance itself is a reeeaaalllllyyyyy slow burn friends to lovers, and while I’m not usually a big fan of this trope I was LIVING for it in the story! I mean, there was still that aspect of “we can’t!” that I oh so love! And also it was just a really wholesome thing. I don’t want to speak too much on this because it’s kind of sort of spoiler-y. Just know that there is romance and it is sweet and amazing!

The whole thriller/mystery aspect comes into play with how Laney has lost a weeks worth of seemingly the most important memories of her life. One moment she is excited to spend time with her four best friends and the next she wakes up in the hospital, only one of two remaining from their friend group. You can feel Laney’s frustration and grief over mourning the loss of her three closest friends while at the same time not being able to remember their last moments together. It’s quite heart wrenching and part of the reason I couldn’t put the book down. I just HAD to know what was missing, what led up to such a terrible accident.

About the Author

D.M. Simmons grew up in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a communications executive by day, and writer by night.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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