A deeply compelling mix of high school drama and page-turning mystery that asks profound questions about family, truth, and love
Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have been living in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember; the sheltering trees and a broken-down camper are all they know. But what they’ve never been told is that Carey vanished from the real world ten years ago, when their mother took her, causing an uproar in the media - and in her father’s life.
Now, abandoned by the mother they trusted, they’re often left alone for long periods of time to fend for themselves - but, in one moment, everything changes. They’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world, one of shopping malls, shiny appliances, new clothes, and mouth-watering food. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by a deep and painful loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her how to play the soaring music that helps her survive.
And then there’s the other piece of Carey’s past that haunts her, the story of what happened to her and Jenessa on that dark night in the woods - the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Will Carey ever be able to trust her father and his family enough to fit into this new life? Will Jenessa finally break her silence and ruin the cocoon of safety that Carey’s built so carefully around them? And what will happen if the secret comes out?
©2013 Emily Murdoch (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
“Grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn’t let go till the very last word. Murdoch’s language is lovely, her storytelling gripping.” (Carol Lynch Williams, PEN Award-winning author of The Chosen One)
“Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me…Original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey’s voice that had me flipping the pages…One of those books you devour.” (Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List)
“Searing…Hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams—a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love, and so much more.” (Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die)
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I became entranced with the poetry, both classical and that of author Murdoch that filled this complex story of 2 sisters and a mother who is the classic dysfunctional addict. The mother, who earns her meth filled life by prostitution and who leaves her two young girls alone in a small camber secreted in the backwoods of Tennessee for weeks and even months has made these two children into determined survivalists. They have raised themselves, killed and cleaned their own game in order to have food and gone thru horrors that we in a 'civilized' community can't imagine.
Finally found by the eldest girl father, the girls struggle to learn how to incorporate themselves into a normal life. Terrible secrets are revealed.
One of the most fascinating pieces of writing I've listened to in months, I wasn't able to put it down..it was an all nighter for me. I felt I came to know both girls, felt their pain and fear of the unknown, their inability to believe that the old path of starvation and freezing had come to an end, that the warm coats and gloves were really theirs to keep and the love they found was real.
A book for any mother and, unlike other reviewers I found the narration to be easy on the ears, with a slight Tenn. woods accent that gave reality to the story.
Well worth your credit.
With the exception of a description concerning rape, this is not a book for adults. I purchased this selection on a deal, seriously not worth my time.
All i can say is I am glad I listened. I take all reviews with a grain of salt....some will just be negative just for the heck of it. Yes it was shorter than I prefer.....but it was beautifully written. Regarding the narration? Tai Sammons read it exactly like it should of been.
This is not an action packed drama with a lot of mystery, but it is a really good story. The narrator was perfect to portray the main character. It was interesting right from the start and kept my interest through the whole book. I hope this author comes out with more books.
This is one of my favorite books so far, the narrator did amazing with the voices and the book itself was great!! I would recommend this book, and I would listen to it again!
Tai Sammons really brings this book to life. I truly enjoyed this book! The author does a beautiful job with the characters and storylines.
This a story that could be out of a soap opera but it has nothing to do with fantasy. So I'm not sure why it was in that category. Hard to get through.
The premise of the story was very interesting. A person often reads about a mother and children who go missing and presume they are either dead or hiding from the violent father/husband. This book makes you rethink this.
The way that the oldest daughter fought to keep her sister safe.
The oldest daughter.
Beautifully written, this book was hard o put down (turn off, actually, as it was an audiobook). Tai Sammons was a good choice as narrator. She sounded like a young girl who had spent most of her life isolated on the woods of Tennessee. The story has twists and turns, as things hinted at previously gradually fall into place.
This is certainly proof that I can't rely on the opinions of others. This book might be okay for a preteen, but lacked substance. Disappointing.
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