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)
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.
I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.
About halfway through this book it began to dawn on me that it seemed to be written for a younger audience. I looked it up and ...SURE ENOUGH...it's designed YA. This is the second time this has happened to me on AUDIBLE and I'm sort of miffed. I'm well over the age of 15!
Only if she writes something that's not written for teens.
I can't even answer this question.
PLEASE let your members know when a book is YA!
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.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
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.
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.
I want to give this story 4 and a half stars. It was gripping and sad. I cryed a lot. But it was too slow and full of questions for me. What will happen to Carrey now? Am I supposed to guess or is there a continuation in the making? I love open endings, but not when they are too opened. And I must say I found the plot rather expected. I wanted to see more every day life. That is, the first days took so much of the book. But again, it was an interesting story.
I found it logical that the girls had book in the wood. Mom wanted to keep them busy somehow while she did what she did.
Enjoy this ride.
Say something about yourself!
worth the read. well written. sad story but left you feeling the future is the only thing you need to worry about.
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