The Concealed by Sarah Kleck
“Can you be happy when what you desire most means your doom?”
Evelyn Lakewood, an orphan, is crushed after the death of her beloved sister Zara. But the nineteen-year old enrolls in Psychology at Oxford in honor of Zara.
There, Evelyn first becomes friends with vivacious Sally and seemingly charming Felix. But the encounter with Jared Calmburry, whose incredibly blue eyes immediately captivate her, fundamentally changes her life. She is instantly drawn to this mysterious stranger around whom unusual things happen and who simply disappears every time Evelyn tries to confront him about his puzzling behavior. After finding a mysterious book with a unique symbol on its leather cover in the university library, her curiosity is perked. She doesn’t know what to make of it but Jared’s best friend Colin Sullivan encourages her with cryptic hints to continue her search for evidence. When she discovers the same medieval symbol is worn by hostile professor Karen Mayflower and engraved on another faculty member’s seal ring, she realizes that an ancient secret surrounds Jared.
From what i understand, this book was written originally in German. Also, the setting is in the UK. Those two factors contribute too a slightly unique language style. I personally find the wording and descriptions to be charming. I judge books purely on the story idea and how enjoyable i find it. I found this book to be completely enjoyable.
My favorite part of the story was the paranormal mystery parts. I have read a few other books with a slightly similar paranormal aspects...and i enjoyed them all. I also liked the descriptive characters. I like Jared ( he was awesome) and disliked Felix (scum of the earth! lol)...but they were both written well and were believable. I liked Evelyn ok, but felt she could be more confident. The setting was beautiful too. I love reading books in the UK...though i haven't read many.
Overall, this was a beautifully written book. Some parts were very suspenseful and some others were just sweet. I look forward to reading the second book and other books by this author. I am also considering reading the German version so i can compare. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would def recommend this book to my friends.