The couple has everything in the city. They move, and again seem to have everything. But without any warning the pretty wife disappears. Husband doesn't seem to be as concerned as he should be. An affair is discovered. All the things you've heard before. But this has so many turns you don't know who to hate and who to cheer for. Then you decide, and your choice was way wrong. The changes happen and happen again. This is a story that I refused to put down, even when I had "life" to attend to.
This was hard to listen to because the reader didn't often change voices to indicate different characters. Everyone seemed to sound the same and there were 3 or 4 important different families. When I did catch on, it was good although I didn't know where the story was going. After the "secret" I was caught and stopped everything I was doing to find out how this would be worked out. It was hard to have this unravel and the ending should have been different, but that is my own opinion and you will understand when you get there.
I really enjoyed this book. It seemed that the rape would ruin everything and it almost did. But her life went on and she overcame it, until she sees her rapist years later. I like the way the story was written. It was an easy read and not too depressing. There is a lot of hope and growth in this story, but I didn't like the way the ending was a "statement" about rape recovery. The whole story was about recovery, the over the top viewpoint went from a good story to a lesson.
Jessica's story is horrific. No one could imagine what she'd gone through. The story itself and the details were riveting and that is what kept me reading, but the tone of the story, I am okay, I am good, I survived, was just a little overboard. I realize this is a "child" telling this story and have to give her credit for being able to tell as much as she did. I would like to see her write this same story in 10 or 20 years with a more mature writing.
I am not a scary story person, but if the story is good, I will enjoy it. This was one that was hard to start, but kept my interest until the scary guy is not human. I was disappointed when I was at that point, but it wasn't obvious until near the end, so I finished it.
This was a pretty good story, but I think I expected more darkness and being frightened. Actually, I wasn't frightened for Piper and I think she met some nice people. Funny being in prison, she actually met friends for life. They cooked, they had parties, they cried and laughed. This makes prison seem friendly.
One part of this story that angered me about this story is she committed a crime that was minor in the world of crime. Ten years later she accepted a plea bargain to avoid a long prison term. That is one of the problems of our court system; the prosecutors are determined to convict people and would do anything including threats of 20 years for trial or 18 months for a plea.
I hesitated getting this book but I am very pleased. It was so wonderful to see the past civil rights problems involved with a young white child and the accidental friendship with a black woman. The girl has run away from an abusive grandmother and the black woman has killed her abusive husband to protect the child she just met.
There is anger, suspense, dreams, broken hearts, strength, wonder, fear, happiness, and everything else you find the the best books.
I usually reserve listening to 3 part stories to those that I know will be excellent. This was way below excellent. The triangle love story in this book really needs help. First, I have never heard of a woman that slept so much, fainted so often, lost her breath and felt her heart beating faster and slower than this woman. The men that loved this woman were "God like perfect" She couldn't decide, she hid her lover, she decided, she changed her mind, she couldn't decide and on and on. This story was a waste of my time!
I have heard of the death march of WW2 and was expecting a story like that with women and children. The very first part of the book has that and I was very into it, when the story changes. This woman survives the struggles of the war to become a successful woman in Australia. Most of the book is about the woman living in Australia, not about the 1,200 mile walk. I was most disappointed.
I don't know if there are many people that will agree with me, but this story is about a woman very proud of herself. That, by itself, might not be so bad, but this had all the "I was", "I did", and "I knew and met" you might expect from someone raised by a very liberal family during a time of national struggle for equality. The story includes drugs, sex, and many disturbing scenes that are just glossed over by this writer.
You will love the friendship between these characters. Even the teen's mother is wonderful! But when their mother breaks a promise the lives of her children and the girl everyone took into their lives suddenly changes. Heartbreak lasting for many years caused by a single night's bad choice.
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