5 Stars for So Close to You
Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices—and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.
I’m going to admit, when I started reading So Close to You, I thought author, Rachel Carter, was going for the Blair Witch type novel. And so much to my surprise that is not where she went.
Enthralled. Sucked in. Charmed. Enchanted. Those are just a few words to describe how this book makes you feel. This review is incredibly hard to write because I don’t want to tell you what it’s about, but how can I not!!
So the story goes like this Lydia has heard numerous stories about the Montauk Project, mostly from her aging grandfather. Apparently, her great-grand father was involved or part of the project and he went to work one day and never returned. Lydia’s grandpa is convinced there is a conspiracy there and takes her along as they investigate the old Air Force base where the project was housed.
Everything changes for Lydia on one rainy Saturday when she finds the door to the suspected underground bunker open. Instead of getting help, she ventures in and from that moment everything as she knows it changes. Some changes are for the better, but not everything will be sunshine and roses when she emerges from the bunker.
Set in the small coastal town of Montauk, New York, Camp Hero and the Montauk Project are very real. Many people believe that the US Government used this site for psychological warfare and exotic research including time travel.
Now that I’ve given that away – So Close to You is one of the best time travel stories I’ve ever read. I found myself telling Lydia to stay in the past and start a life and urging her to return with everything that she learned. Carter’s writing is solid and crisp and flips between decades effortlessly. So Close to You isn’t just about time travel, there’s suspense, mystery and romance for everyone’s reading pleasure.
So Close to You is out July 10th!