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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ride is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and music subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Zachary Ryan. The storyline follows two sisters, Alayna and Morgan, who are brought back together by the death of their mother, and in turn, are both forced to examine the paths their lives have taken since Morgan left town to pursue her dreams, and Alayna’s aspirations were cut to shreds. Morgan’s fame and fortune aren’t all they're cracked up to be, but Alayna’s seemingly settled life is also fraught with pain. What follows is an emotive and powerful tale of trying to reconcile and pick up the pieces of a broken family mired in grief.
Author Zachary Ryan has lovingly crafted a powerful story about family dynamics, pressures, and dreams that will make a superbly engrossing read for any fan of women’s fiction. For me personally, Morgan’s story was the more gripping because I really related to her sense of loss after loss and the hopelessness that engenders, but there’s also just as much care and emotion put into the narration and dialogue around Alayna’s clash between obligation and aspiration. I was also really moved by the use of Lana Del Ray’s lyrics and emotion as an inspiration basis for the characters and their shared trauma, as I am a big fan of her music anyway and it made me want to play it all again. Overall, I would certainly recommend Ride to fans of family dramas and highly atmospheric, emotive writing.