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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Cold Spots is a work of fiction in the slice of life, psychological drama, and LGBTQ+ sub-genres, and was penned by author M. Meyers. A largely realistic tale with a unique but believable paranormal twist, the central action focuses on Riley, a college student who struggles to balance her new life and its many pressures. When she decides to move off-campus and finds that there’s a reason for some of the strangeness she’s been feeling and that it has followed her home, so begins a journey of careful exploration. Mental health, self-care, and a discovery of one’s own identity play a pivotal part in this tender and emotionally resonant tale.
Author M. Meyers captures the college experience in a far more realistic way than many of the idealized new adult books around this genre and focuses on a single character and her development rather than any sweeping romances. The author presents a deep and close narration around Riley, and the presentation of speech and thought is carefully timed and lovingly presented, even at its most raw and heart-breaking moments. Whilst the book has some very chilling paranormal moments and plenty of emotionally jarring moments, it is also a story of true strength, courage, and battling with the mental health struggle, which is an essential theme for the lives of young people today. Overall, I would certainly recommend Cold Spots for its accomplished writing, resonant themes, and the realistic portrayal of the pressures of modern life. A stellar novel and an author with enormous promise for the future.