(I wrote this as my review for goodreads) I listened to this as an audiobook so please excuse any mis-spellings. This review also has spoilers.
The only reason I kept going with this book was because I wanted to see how all of the characters would 'meet' or how the story would resolve, but the author didn't quite do that, and I was disappointed.
The book starts off really well, but then it drags for most of the middle, picking up again for the last third, then hitting you with an ending that is a real let down. The book description gives the impression that all of the characters are going to be related or come to some 'a-ha' moment together, but that isn't the case. There is one consistent character throughout all of the stories, (you don't realize this until the end though), but to me that isn't the same thing.
I really didn't care for any of the characters except Ryan, and at times even he got on my nerves.
The ending was really annoying because we have no idea why or who the last three folk are. We can guess that some identity or money stolen affected them, but there's no closure. It's like a Kay Scarpetta novel my book club just read - the entire book is about searching for a serial killer and then the killer turns out to be some random person that we were only introduced to when we were told he was the killer. I personally don't like stories like that - the killer/bad guys should be part of the plot, in my humble opinion, else what's the point? True, this book wasn't about the three Russians, but why couldn't we know what had been done to get them riled up and looking for Hayden?
I think early on we got the point that it's really easy to steal folks' identities; it's the rest of the story we were waiting on
Await Your Reply tells the story of three strangers and how their lives interconnect in mysterious ways. Miles Cheshire knows he should get on with his life and live it. Yet, he can't help but long to find his brother, Hayden. He searches endlessly to find Hayden. Lucy Lattimore runs away from her hometown in Ohio with her high school teacher. Then, days later, amid discussions of changing identities, Lucy starts to think twice about her decision. Finally, Ryan can't help but believe his whole life is a lie after learning during his sophomore year of college that his dad isn't really his dad. He walks off his college campus and begins a new life.
This book came highly recommended to me from numerous sources so I was quite anxious to read it. I ended up listening to it (it's narrated by Kirby Heyborne). The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing how the stories are going to tie together. I figured out most of the big twist at the end about an hour from the end of the story. But there were pieces that still surprised me. When I was finished listening, I kept thinking about the book and all the little ties and I wanted to actually sit down with a paper copy of the book and see if I could find some of the little clues that may have been hidden in the book. There are books that a reader gets more out of by reading and I think this is one of them. No offense to Kirby Heyborne because he did an excellent job reading. I just think the storyline was a little too complicated to listen to during my daily commute.
I do recommend the book though - just read it, don't listen to it.