Blog Tour and Review: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson @coryanderwrites @The_WriteReads

Posted March 27, 2021 by sinfully in Book Tour, Mystery, Thriller / 0 Comments


  • Published:08/04/2021
  • ISBN:9780241441718
  • Length:368  Pages
  • Dimensions:222mm x 34mm x 144mm
  • Weight:483g
  • RRP:£12.99
  • Imprint: Penguin

When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .

Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.

Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey

My Review:

I really love a good thriller that is dark and What Beauty There Is certainly lives up to that. Cory Anderson has written a dark and intense mystery thriller that is not always easy to read. Actually it is downright heartbreaking at times. Yet, the story is beautifully written and we witness how the main characters never lose hope even when it seems as if all hope is gone.

Seventeen year old Jack and his younger brother, Matty are all alone. Their mother is gone and their father, Leland is in prison. Jack and Matty have less than twenty dollars to their name, their home is being foreclosed on and their water heater is busted, leaving for brutal winter nights. Afraid of social services taking Matty away, Jack runs away promising Matty they would always stay together. Jack knows his only option is in finding the drug money his father had hidden in order to survive.

When Ava tries to help the brothers survive, it opens up another door for her as well. Her father, Bardem, is a killer and has controlled Ava for her entire life teaching her never to trust or love another soul. But, she can’t help opening up her heart to Jack and little Matty even though she knows she shouldn’t. Will the two brothers along with Ava ever be able to have a normal loving and healthy life away from the devastation of their childhoods?

This story is really raw and emotional and I found myself really heartbroken over their lives that both Jack and Ava had to endure and basically just never really having a happy childhood. This is not an easy read and may trigger some readers, but this really is a story that pulls you right in and loves at a semi fast pace with a lot of action between its short pages. This is a must read if you enjoy stories that easily pull you in and make you fall in love with the characters.


Cory Anderson is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. She lives in Utah with her family. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.

Twitter: @coryanderwrites



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