Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Review + Excerpt: Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole. SAVING BECK is now available! Check out the tour below, and pick up your copy of SAVING BECK today!

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation.
I thought that too. But you’re wrong.

Step into our world, and see for yourself.
Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.

Drug addiction comes with a price.
Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.

Don’t miss this heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.


4 Stars

Fiction | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through a blog tour hosted by InkslingerPR Tours in exchange for an honest review***

This novel was emotional. That is the best word I can describe for Saving Beck. The messages that are delivered in this stunning story was absolutely breathtaking. Courtney has blown me away yet again with her writing style, her ability to create such complexities within the dynamics of her characters. Painfully brutal – overwhelmingly powerful and intense. I cannot gush enough about how Saving Beck, how Courtney stole my speckled heart. 

Told by the perspective of Natalie, the mother of three, the family implodes after the death of her husband. This is hugely traumatic, especially for her. There is a moment of just pure raw pain for Natalie that you just cannot help but sympathize – how could someone deal with that? It is earth shattering. Natalie mentally and emotionally ‘checks out’, she cannot function. 

On top of the spiraling depression of Natalie, her eldest son Beckitt or Beck starts devolving from the traditional ‘all American teenager’ to someone dealing with their own coping mechanism – addiction. At first Beck stepped in as the main caregiver for his younger siblings while their mother emotionally checked out of their lives, however this took a huge toll on him mentally and emotionally as well. Being a teenager is hard enough, given the current situation of their family, instability of their lives – it is too much. 

Two main issues within this family were addition and depression. Natalie was supposed to be the adult but it is natural to fall apart – hell she lost her husband, it takes a catastrophic domino effect of the stability of any human being mental capacity. But where she fails is that she is still the adult, she wasn’t there. Beck reacted in the way he felt he needed to, he needed his mother, his father – his sanity. A lot of people who have dealt with addiction, or seen addiction first hand with narcotics don’t realize that this is how they shut the world, how they shut their brains down. It has such a powerful message that just still pounds at my chest. 

As a reader I personally really connected with both Natalie and Beck. The mindset you have, to shut things down or off, it is hard. As you get more and more pain from Natalie then dealing with actually saving Becky from himself, it just played something on me that was beyond realistic.

This was such a fantastic read. It really tugged at the tethers in my heart. Riveting, powerful, beautifully shattering with all the right amounts of raw emotions to bring a smile to your lips or a tear to your eyes. 

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The hospital is a beacon of light and hope as we pull in. I barely remember to put my car in park before I jump out and I leave it in the middle of the lane, the tires wrenched haphazardly toward the curb.

“Ma’am, you can’t park there,” a guy in a security uniform says with his fake badge, but I don’t answer. I toss him my keys and push my way to the doors, and that’s when I see him.

My son.

They’ve pulled him out of the ambulance, and he’s so still, so white. He’s got the body of a man and the face of a boy, and he’s got vomit in his hair. One hand dangles over the edge of the gurney, orange flecks dripping from his fingers to the floor, but no one notices, no one cares.

“Beck,” I breathe, and he doesn’t open his eyes. “Beck,” I say louder, as loud as I can. His mouth is slack, but he’s not dead, he can’t be dead because someone is pumping his heart with her fist. She’s running next to the gurney, and she’s pounding on his heart, making it beat.

“Coming through,” she yells at the doors, and there is a team of people working on him. They’re frantic, and that’s not good.

I chase after them, through the emergency room, through the people, but someone grabs me at a giant set of double-doors, the gateway to the important rooms.

“You can’t go in there,” a nurse tells me.

“That’s my son,” I try to tell her, but she doesn’t care. “Beck,” I scream, and I try to see through the windows, but I can’t because he’s gone. “I love you, Beck. Stay here. Stay here.”


Courtney Cole’s SAVING BECK – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

July 18th

★ Chiara’s Book Blog ★ – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Suey Library – Review & Excerpt

July 19th

Between The Lines – Review & Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

White Hot Reads – Review

July 20th

Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt

Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Whoo Gives A Hoot – Review

July 21st

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

July 22nd

Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Review

Simply Crystal – Review & Excerpt

July 23rd

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Two Books in a shelf – Review & Excerpt

July 24th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

Written In Red Book Blog – Review

July 25th

Book Sniffers Anonymous – Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog – Review

July 26th

Becca the Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Just Me & My Kindle – Excerpt

Margaux – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

July 27th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt

Nose Stuck In A Book – Review & Excerpt

July 28th

Audio Killed the Bookmark – Review

Books, Booze, & Brunch – Review & Excerpt

M&J’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog – Review


About Courtney Cole:

Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.


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