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“Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you’re just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”
Dirty Red picks up where The Opportunist left off. Except that this time we get to hear Leah’s (Caleb’s fiancée) side of the story. We learn what Caleb was up to during his three years away from Olivia as well as what happened after Leah drove Olivia out of town. I had to start this book immediately after finishing The Opportunist. I had to know what happened! The book is written in the same style as before, going from past to present. While the story is a continuation it also gives tons of backstory and fills in lots of holes. Leah has won Caleb, for now. This is a trilogy so we still have hope!
As crazy as Olivia is, she’s got nothing on Leah. She is manipulative and everything she does is solely for her own personal gain. I can honestly say she does not have one redeeming quality. Which is not to say that she doesn’t love Caleb. She absolutely loves him. However, her love is selfish. So selfish that she really doesn’t care if he is happy or not. As long as she has him and Olivia doesn’t, she’s happy. If you hated her at the end of The Opportunist, you will absolutely loathe her by the end of this. The real genius in Ms. Fisher’s story telling is that even though you hate the main character she makes you love this book! I really believe that this was the intention. The story is full of twists and turns, and many secrets (but not all of them) are revealed.
I cannot wait to see what the third installment brings. I know that we will get Caleb’s side and more questions will be answered. If the first two books are any indication, I’m sure that it will not be a smooth ride, as I felt an extreme amount of anxiety reading this. I desperately want Caleb and Olivia to end up together and I’m not sure that will happen. Even if it does, I know that it will not be easy and it will definitely not be a fairy tale ending.
5 Stars and a Dirty Martini for that dirty bitch Leah! Enjoy!