March 3, 2017

What About Her

by Emma Tharp
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back.

Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

4 out of 5 stars

What About Her is Emma Tharp’s debut novel. I thought it was a great start for her writing career.

Willow has been gone for six months. Everyone around her has accepted that she is gone but Kate can’t shake the feeling that her best friend is still alive. Everything changed the day that Willow went for a run and never came back. Kate lost part of herself that day. She not only lost her best friend but she also lost her other best friend, River. They all grew up together but it was Kate and River until Willow came along a few years later. And at the time of Willow’s disappearance, she was dating River and they were together for a year. After that horrible day, River stopped talking to Kate. She didn’t understand why but she gave him the space he needed. She missed him. And now, they are forced to work through it because they are working on a project for class for the next month.

While River and Kate work through their friendship they start developing more feelings towards each other. Kate doesn’t want to like him in that way because it would complicate things. And what would people think if they found out about them? And her biggest concern is…what if Willow is alive? How would she react to her best friend being with her boyfriend? But, what if she isn’t alive? It’s been six months and River and Kate are finally feeling alive again since she disappeared. They are happy but will the guilt ruin what they could have before it even truly starts?

I enjoyed this story. It’s a story about friendship, love, and moving on. There is also the suspense of a missing Willow. I love trying to piece a mystery together so that is an added bonus. I liked the characters and as it went on, I liked them more and more. They are working on their new type of relationship and it’s complicated but also fun and flirty at the same time. That end? Yeah…I will definitely be reading the next book.

Overall…it’s a great debut and I am looking forward to more from Emma. The story flowed nicely. The characters are likable. And t has a bit of mystery. Great job, Emma.


That’s when it hits me. There’s a change in the air. The energy’s different between us.

“Oh, there is something you can help me with, but I’m not sure you’d like an audience.” He winks at me and licks his lips.

“Now that we’ve unleashed you, it looks like we’re going to have a hard time taming you.”

About Emma Tharp

Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.

If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event.

A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.

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