***REVIEW*** By The Sea by Katherine McIntyre



Most kids had imaginary friends, but most weren’t like Megan’s friend Niall. There were rules: only at night and only by the sea. She could’ve sworn he was real, but when someone vanishes without a trace, what else can you believe?

All that was seven years ago, buried in the past until Niall shows up in town with his tight swimmer’s body and easy smile. For Megan, just the sight of him is enough to tear open a scar that never fully healed. However, their reunion only elicits more questions. Niall’s keeping secrets, unbelievable ones, and as Megan delves into the supernatural depths of who he really is, she’s sure he’ll vanish again.

Megan’s not stupid—she knows how bad it’ll hurt if she gets involved. The first time Niall disappeared, she never thought she’d recover. But the moment they lock eyes, it’s too late—because Megan will go to any length to see that boy smile.


Well, where do I begin? I can honestly say, I’m almost speechless…those of you that know me will know that that is serious business.

McIntyre’s writing style is completely flawless. Reading her work is like floating on the waves of a comforting sea (pun intended).

This story is set in a gorgeous seaside town. Poor Meagan has suffered years of therapy having clung onto an ‘imaginary’ friend well past it’s ‘sell by date’. Her family and therapist managed to convince her that she had imagined a whole person, dreamed him up until *poof* he was gone. With no proof he ever existed she had no choice but to believe he’d been nothing but a figment of her imagination.

That’s until he shows up in town seven years later, going by a different name, but she recognises him anyway and finally get’s some guts from somewhere to confront him. When he gave her his explanation of why he’d disappeared I kind of reared by head back… He’s a what?. But I have to tell you it worked. It worked because it was refreshingly different.

Anyway, Niall has lost something precious, something he really needs back. Meagan agrees to help him find it even though she’s filled with despair, knowing he’ll disappear from her life once more as soon as the object if found.

This novella is beautifully written, filled with angst, and possesses a unique story line. It’s written in first person, which I tend to enjoy. I connected with the two main characters and easily gauged exactly what Niall was thinking and feeling despite the story being in the first person. The story was captivating, funny, sweet and unputdownable.

Well done to the Author! This is the easiest five stars (or five shells in this case) I’ve ever given to a book…

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