Title: The Worst Bad Thing
Author Name & Publisher: J.E. Birk (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date: March 23, 2016
Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….
To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.
What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.
Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.
I read this story in one sitting. After the first page, which grabs your attention, the story reads quite smoothly and transitions very well. For the most part, this was an easy read, even with the reason as to why Tate started his journey. It was later, when clues kept being sprinkled in, that I puzzled together Tate’s secret. I was holding my breath and hoping that Gabriel would be able to help Tate in the way he needed. As the ending got closer, I was definitely on the edge of my seat, knowing what Tate was planning, and didn’t realize I had worked myself up until the end, when I was finally able to relax and with a smile.
Tate’s journey takes you on a tourist ride, but JE Birk does a fabulous job with the descriptions and the ‘whys’ behind it. I felt like I was there with Tate, seeing what he was seeing and feeling. This story is told from Tate’s POV. His flashbacks to the event that started his whole reason for doing what he was going to do and through to the day before he got on the plane was perfectly placed and well thought out.
JE Birk did a fabulous job writing this story with Tate and Gabriel about depression, PTSD and suicide. Suicide is not a subject to laugh at. Even though I say this was an easy read, it is because similar to suicide, you do not realize someone may be having those thoughts until it is almost too late. This read seemed to follow that, in that you are reading along at a good pace before any signs appear and then it is almost over before it begins.
I would completely recommend this book to everyone. It really goes to show how people in your life may need the help and you are not even aware of it. If you could help one person like Tate who can take the “worst bad thing” in his life and find the “best good thing” in his life, wouldn’t that be perfect?
J.E. Birk has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them since she was introduced to the alphabet. She hails from Colorado, where you can usually find her skiing, training for a 5K she won’t end up running, or trying to figure out why a good strong housecleaning never lasts longer than two days.