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Caleb Drake never got over his first love.

Not when he got married.

Not when she got married.

When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back.

But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.


BOOK REVIEW: Thief

Tarryn Fisher

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“Forget all you know – I said to myself. This is the one you belong with. I don’t know how I knew that. Maybe our souls touched underneath that tree. Maybe I decided to love her. Maybe love wasn’t our choice. But when I looked at that woman, I saw myself differently. And it wasn’t in a good light. Not a thing would keep me from her. And that could make a person do things they never thought themselves capable of. What I felt for her scared the hell out of me. It was a consuming obsession.”

Elated. That is really the only word I could use to describe the way reading this book has made me feel. After two flawless instalments, I had an inkling that this eagerly anticipated conclusion to the series would blow me away but never in a million years did I even hope it would be this magnificent. I have been tempted on a few occasions so far to give a book a six-star rating to express the timeless quality of the effect that story would have on me and the jaw-dropping uniqueness of the author’s writing style, but I have always restrained myself and refused to break my own rules. For the first time since I started reviewing, I am throwing away the rules and giving this book and this series as a whole these elusive six stars to acknowledge a literary work that is so well written, so impeccably thought out, so emotionally satisfying and yet so real, so imaginative and unique, so unforgettable and so life-changing, that to give it a lesser rating would be an injustice. Thief is everything you wanted it to be and so much more than we could have ever expected. Put some time aside because you will not be able to put this book down, brace yourselves for a ride of a lifetime, surrender your hearts to Ms Fisher and trust her that she knows what she’s doing.

“I see the world in different shades of Olivia.”

After hearing both Olivia’s and Leah’s voices, we are finally getting to hear Caleb’s. So much has been speculated about this wonderful but complex man, but hearing his side of the story and seeing its conclusion through his eyes is what we desperately needed in order to fill the gaps in the storyline and get the answers to the myriad of lingering questions we were left to torture ourselves with. So much we didn’t know, so much we needed to know to fully understand Caleb, and we finally get it all.

“I stared into her cold, blue eyes and knew I’d just met the kind of girl books are written about. There was no one like her.”

His story is told just like Leah’s with constant jumps from past to present, each flashback offering us more and more missing pieces of the puzzle. I cannot tell you much about his role in any of the events leading up to his book without giving away too much of the plotline. I will not deprive you of the jaw-dropping moments as they are many and they were worth the wait. I will tell you though that Caleb is a flawed man just like his female counterparts, but while Olivia and Leah followed their own agendas and generally sought their own happiness, Caleb always took the wellbeing of others into account. Even at the cost of his own.

“She’s married … I don’t get to be with her. I just don’t want to be with anyone else.”

His story with Olivia is revisited from the very beginning, from the moment he sees her under that tree, and each important milestone in their troubled relationship is again seen through his eyes. We get to know the young man he once was, we watch him fall hopelessly in love with a girl who wants to return that love but does not know how. We watch them play tug-of-war over the years, make all the wrong decisions, and eventually find themselves in situations where others could be hurt by their recklessness. Be prepared for missing pieces of information in their story that will crush you, make you realise you knew so little about this man and the motivations behind his actions, and that Olivia and Caleb’s story has been about unspoken truths and misunderstandings just as much as it has been about not knowing how to love each other properly. I am not sure I even liked Caleb very much at the end of The Opportunist, I felt sorry for him by the end of Dirty Red, but I was madly, deeply, completely in love with him by the end of Thief.

“She has the kind of love that can stain your soul, make you beg not to have one, just to escape the spell she’s put you under. I’ve tried to break myself of her over and over, but it’s pointless. I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.”

Ms Fisher has a very unique talent of saying so much, making us feel so much, too much, without actually saying a lot. Every piece fits together, every word is spoken with purpose, every emotion distilled and expressed at the perfect moment. The scenes between Caleb and Estella alone will not leave a dry eye in the house, one in particular leaving me a sobbing mess.

“I don’t love anything more than I love you.”

This is a story about Olivia and Caleb, two flawed individuals with a history of causing pain to each other, finally grabbing what life is offering them at that moment and making the most of it without looking back at a past they cannot change. It is also a story of redemption for past hurts, past recklessness, past mistakes, and refusing to make new ones. It is a full circle of sorts, but in true Tarryn Fisher fashion, there is no saccharine ending, no Hollywood grand finale where the past is magically erased and the future is seen through rosy lenses. This story is the sum of all its components and it mirrors real life that way. Regret plays a great part in this tale, and living with that regret, not letting it consume them any further is a crucial part of the story as well. Like I said before, trust the very skilled hands of Ms Fisher, trust her that she will give you the best possible ending this story could have had, and I assure you that you will not stop holding your breath until the very last word.

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“Broken people give broken love. And we are all a little broken. You just have to forgive and sew up the wounds love delivers, and move on.”

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I cannot flippin wait to read it!! I’m re-reading TO and DR now (a lil late i know). I am so happy you decided to give this series 6 stars! It definitely deserves it, if any story does–it’s this one!!!

Wow, Natasha! Great review! I really loved this book. After reading it and finishing it last night, I can’t seem to let these feelings go! I feel happy, sad, and elated and I just want to cry!

Oh my Gosh!I’ve been waiting for this. It took me some time to get over The Opportunist and I’m still arguing with myself if I should read Dirty Red because it’s in Leah’s POV and I don’t like her. Thanks for sharing your opinion! I’m so glad it’s out already! *excited much*

Sorry. I forgot to ask if it’s okay not to read the second book and just jump to read this one. Can I still understand everything that’s gonna happen in this book?Thanks!

What an amazing review. I know this book has been anticipated, but I haven’t read the series. I will have to put it on my endless TBR list.

I could not agree more with your review! This series was absolutely amazing and Thief was a spectacular ending for the trilogy! It was worthy every 6 of those stars!!!!!

what a beautiful review for a beautiful book. i am in love with Tarryn Fisher what an amazing writer. i am still crying over this book. love it!!

I finished this trilogy in three days only because of this review. I was crazy to know about Caleb’s story. Yesterday when I finished reading Thief I was a mess. I cried a river. I don’t know exactly why I was so sad. Now I’m almost ok and came here to thank you for your tip and to say that 6 stars was well deserved.

I am so happy that you loved it as much as I did!!!! It is an incredibly emotional story but so well written that it’s worth every tear, every sleepless night, every stomach ulcer!! :-D

Well I read all three books in three days and HOLY FREAKING COW my heart is still pounding!! Well worth those six stars so much love and hurt and regret so real that everyone can relate awesome book awesome review

I am so giddy that you enjoyed these books as much as I have!!! They are truly spectacular pieces of writing and this story, trust me, never leaves you. xxx

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