A Crack in Everything
Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
Release Date: 30th January, 2018.
How the Light Gets in
He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.
We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought I’d see him again.
I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.
He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best life in the after.
And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.
Release Date: 6th February, 2018.
What I think?
But it still hurt, didn’t it?
So what happens is, every which day, you come across that one book which slams the remainder in your face as to why you fell in love with that author in the first place. I’ve read almost every book by Cosway in the course of the last three years, and with every new book she writes, I remember why I’m so addicted to her stories like I am.
Evelyn Flynn is an optimist, and loves three things above all- her aunt Yvonne, her best friend Sam, and growing flowers. Life is nearly perfect when a knock comes on her door, and in walks Dylan O’Dea asking to be hid from a gang of boys looking to beat him up.
Dylan O’Dea is a pessimist, and knows quite well that the world is an ugly place. Or as his father says, “the sky is always falling for the O’Dea men.” If there is one thing he loves, then it’s scents and how it can change a life, and the one scent he learns to love the most is that of Evelyn and sunshine.
You say it’s a cheesy way of describing them? People the first book is of a couple of teenagers falling in love, and first love is nothing if not cheesy af. You’d think I’d call it a cliched cheeseball I hated, but this is where Cosway’s writing comes in.
Cosway made the experience of Ev and Dylan falling in love an experience that feels so fresh, and so endearing that you literally cannot do anything but smile and smile and smile as you read on.
Those three little words held all the emotion of a hundred lifetimes, and we were both in danger of drowning under the weight of them.
Just like all her books before this, A Crack in Everything was brimming with heart and soul and at the end of it all, it left me almost on the brink of tears.
How the Light Gets In starts eleven years after Ev and Dylan parted, and right from the beginning, you notice one major thing- the interchanged personalities. Gone is the happy go lucky Ev, and in place of her is a woman jaded and too weary of life, and gone is the perpetual rain cloud that hovered over Dylan, and in place is a man that has learned to see the light and is determined to show it to others as well.
The events in the last book left me reeling and really, if Cosway hadn’t sent me both the books I might just have died. The break up and subsequent separation hurt me just as much as it hurt them, but that’s the fun part about being the reader- you know those two end up together, even if they don’t at that moment, and before this, I don’t believe that I’ve been as happy to be a reader, because I just NEEDED THOSE TWO TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN GODDAMMIT!
Maybe the drug called Memory would be worth the comedown named Emptiness.
To be truthful tho, I didn’t connect with this book like I did with the last, mostly because the last one was a lot more emotional and you’re made to fall in love with a bunch of children falling in love themselves. But that’s not to say that I did not love this book. Because I most absolutely did.
Ev and Dylan were so Cosway that I wasn’t even surprised that I adored them immediately. Ev’s snark and Dylan’s sense of humor did not only make them two characters you read, but turned them into people you end becoming friends with. And then there were the side characters who took up so much space in this story that they naturally made way into my heart as well. I fucking loved Sam and his weirdness and life, and I loved Yvonne and how unrepentantly kind she was, and I absolutely adored the shy love Connor held for Yvonne for so long, and honestly, I can’t fucking wait to see if Cosway gives their story words as well. Because they deserve it so bad.
Even with a story that is this simple, there is an inherent magic to this series, and that I believe is Cosway’s writing for you. She’ll tell the most simplest stories with the most broken and perfectly imperfect characters, but while she’s at it, she’ll weave all these complex emotions into every sentence in the book and tie it together with her heart that can’t help but call for yours to fall.
And you’ll gladly take the leap- every bloody time.
This isn’t the end for us. I promise. This is just the in-between. I’ll find you in the after.
About the Author:
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.