The Guardian // Book Review

  • Title: The Guardian
  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • Publisher: Grand Central
  • Date: 2005
  • Genre: Romance / Thriller
  • Synopsis: 

Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died: a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, 29-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.


I’m sorry but when did Nicholas Sparks start writing thrillers? Why has no one talked about this?! 

I literally just finished reading this book, which is probably the best time to write reviews in my opinion. This book was nothing like I expected. I picked it out of my TBR shelf looking for a cute sappy love story that Nicholas Sparks always delivers but then I was blindsided by this thriller’s ending. Correction… I just read the back of the book, and I probably should have had a bit of an idea, but still! 

Nicholas Sparks’s novels are usually my go-to when I want to cry, read any of my previous reviews of his books. I almost always ball. I recently finished a thriller book and was ready for another romance; I like to switch between them. This book has been on my shelf for a while and thank god I had it because I noticed that you can’t buy any Nicholas Sparks books on Indigo right now, what’s up with that? Anyways I’m getting off-topic. 

This book made me so happy, the beginning was cute, heartbreaking, and just delightful to read. I love the friendly flirting between Mike and Julie, you could tell that they both fancied each other, but they didn’t know how to go about furthering their friendship. When Julie had mentioned that she was going out with Richard, he just seemed a bit off to me, he seemed too eager, too nice, and just like he was always around. Of course, those aren’t bad things but in this situation, they would evolve in a terrible way! After the encounter over the locket at the Salon, I knew that Julie was in for some deep shit. It’s funny how even at that moment I didn’t realize I was going to read a thriller. 

This book was 100% a 5 star read for me. Mostly because I love Nicholas Sparks’s writing, it is just so fluent and easy. You really get to feel for the characters and follow the story with a great amount of detail. The mix of classic romance and then a HUGE plot twist that turned this into a thriller was amazing. I had never read a book quite like this. Sure there are some thrillers with a touch of romance but not quite like this, if you know of any let me know!

In the epilogue, Nicholas talks about how this was one of the most difficult books he has ever edited because it was tricky to incorporate both genres and I can totally understand why! I will say that this is now probably one of my favourite books from him because of this wonderful mix that he did. Who knew that Nicholas Sparks could write a thriller; I’m totally down for more! 

Moral Of The Story: Nicholas Sparks writes thrillers?!  Wait… The author of The Notebook wrote a thriller? YUP!

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