Book review: 'You Came for Me' is a romantic thriller

By Micah Klug

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

"YOU CAME FOR ME," by Sian Ann Bessey, Covenant Communications, $14.99, 218 pages (f)

Sian Ann Bessey delivers a romantic thriller in her new novel “You Came for Me.”

Ellie Hansen returns to London where she served Mormon mission before starting a new internship. After meticulously planning her time in London, Hansen didn't realize she was checking into the same hotel as American pop star Austin "A.J." Robbins and his band, who rose to fame while she was across the pond.

After a chance meeting in the hotel elevator, Ellie is delighted to recognize her high school classmate from Rexburg, Idaho, who is none other than Austin. They reconnect after several years apart. Both relate their experiences in serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their schooling, families and where life has taken them.

Austin, thirsting for normalcy, invites himself to join Ellie on her outings and adventures. The more they spend time together, the more they fall in love. Ellie is constantly reminded of the life she might have, if she chooses Austin: a life of paparazzi, screaming fans and very little privacy. After returning from an outing, the couple witnesses a bombing just outside their hotel. Ellie, doing what she knows best, begins taking pictures in order to process the horrific events.

It’s only a matter of time when one of Ellie’s pictures captures the perpetrators, in which the Italian Mafia is sent to dispose of the evidences and cover its tracks. Because of Ellie's photos, that comes to include her.

Ellie and Austin's romantic relationship doesn't go beyond kissing and the language is clean. There is some violence, including a kidnapping, high-speed chase, a shootings and fistfights. Bessey is able to explain the events taking place in the novel without going into vivid or graphic detail.

Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and left Europe to attend Brigham Young University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is the author of several LDS novels. She currently lives in Rexburg with her husband and family.

Micah Klug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from BYU-Idaho. She currently resides in Rexburg, Idaho.

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