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Publisher's Summary

The first cut brings a wave of calm that immediately washes over her. The second, an incomparable bliss. The third, euphoria in its purest, most absolute form. 

A twisted and often unsettling glimpse into the mind of an unwitting victim, Open Wounds tells the story of a young girl’s battle to maintain her safety and sanity after she is preyed upon by a savage predator. She finds only the slightest comfort in scrawling the details of her horrific tale onto the pages of a leatherbound diary. But when her living nightmare becomes more than she can bear, the only comfort she finds is beneath the blade of a paring knife. Night after night, she slices into her own tender flesh, while praying for some escape from a world filled with anguish and torment.
 

Before long, those leatherbound pages are dripping with crimson and soon, open wounds become ripples of scar tissue.

©2014 Brandon Ford (P)2020 Brandon Ford

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Could be anybody’s daughter...

This book is not a mystery, it’s a tragedy. It’s a teenage girl’s coming of age gone terribly, horribly wrong. This book is graphic and could be very difficult to listen to for some. There are more than one rape scenes involving young teenage girls. There is drug abuse, child abuse, neglect and prostitution. You also get a glimpse at how a cutter is made.
As disturbing as this story is I believe it should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in child care, the education system or child services.
For me the ending was a little melancholy.
Alexandra Johnson does a great job narrating.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Dark

The most horrifying thing about this is that it happens in real life
A realistic and disturbing story of child abuse and self harm
Excellent narration and highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Powerful and Fiercely Alive

Brandon Ford's Open Wounds is often discomforting yet I could not stop reading because the action is wild and Kate, the protagonist, is fiercely alive. I felt that I knew Kate personally and I couldn't put down the story until I knew what happened to her in the end. Did I say great character, did I mention suspense? Joyce Carol Oates said, "My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.” She could have been referring to Open Wounds. I switched between Kindle and Audible and enjoyed both.

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Everything I could ask for in an audiobook...

Alexandra Johnston really nails the performance in this one. The story by Brandon Ford is dark, disturbing and especially awe inspiring. I don't listen to a lot of audiobooks, but this one makes me want to make them a regular for me.

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Sometimes real life is more of a horror

Brandon Ford is a horror author of scary stories I've enjoyed in the past. Open Wounds is different, but that doesn't make the story any less horrific. The book shines a spotlight on abuse: emotional, physical, sexual. It's a spotlight many of us would rather go dark, as the subject of abuse is so very hard for so many. However, it needs to shine brightly to bring awareness to something which still happens far too much in our society.

The story is set in 1981. I was thirteen that year and I am so thankful I did not have to endure what Kate did. Ford was smart setting the story in this era because these kinds of abuse were even less recognized back then. Often, if a girl told what was happening, no one would even believe her. We're seeing this come out in the present time...that abuses were going on back then and no one believed.

I'll be honest. This story is very dark. I sometimes found it hard to continue because it was so disturbing and distressing. Plus, I listened to the audio book which made it even more real. The young voice of the reader made it seem like Kate was really relating the story. I had to keep listening though. I had to know how it would all end.

I love stories that draw me in, while still teaching a lesson along the way. I warn again...it's very dark, and those who are triggered by stories containing subjects of abuse and self-harm should probably avoid. For others, read it. Learn why it's so important to believe when someone tells you something bad is happening to them. If they're lying, fine, but if they're not, you just might save a life.

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Loved as my bedtime story

Interesting and disturbing story. The narrator has a rich and dynamic yet soothing voice. Didn’t just read the words but acted it out. Felt like Alexandra Johnston was the character!! Kept me drawn in.

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Spectacular read!!

The wonderful details weave a sad, gut wrenching story that is easy to get lost in. This is the story for too many young people, the gritty reality of the book leaves you feeling helplessly enthralled. Brandon Ford is a gifted author, and this book, along with his many other books, are a must read!

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An unsettling story

This book is rather unsettling contains graphical descriptions of difficult themes. It can be difficult to listen at certain times but the story told about how hard and cruel the world can be to teenagers is important. The lead character Katie is sympathetic and I truly felt back for all the bad things happening to her. My only slight reservation and I why I only gave it four stars for story was that I felt it was extended a bit to far and could have benefited from slightly less misery description and instead have developed the ending a bit more.

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Very dark and powerful listen

Alexandra Johnston did an excellent job narrating. I have read many of Brandon Ford's work and this piece is one of his best.

The story is not an easy listen; it's dark, real, and very disturbing at times. I very much appreciated the authentic feel of the character's voice and being drawn into the borrow of her story.

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great listen

For a book I unintentionally downloaded, sorry about that (for o must have put on some ones code 🙄)... ok not sorry, for it was a well written, heart wrenching tale told by a great performer. The author did an excellent job of pulling in the listener and keeping their attention. I would read more from him.

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  • 02-18-20

Heartbreakingly real

Fantastic book. Had me sobbing my heart out. Couldn't pause the book until I'd got to the end.

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  • 01-27-20

Not for the faint hearted

This is my first Audible book and I am not disappointed! Narrator was extremely well heard and made the book stand out! I enjoyed the story the author wrote a heartbreaking book that feel made me feel for the main character! Whether you like the rest of the characters or not is up to you but they are well thought out and each person you can tell have their own part to play.

Overall a heartbreaking book with a narrator who know how to put feelings into the story.

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  • 01-27-20

Powerful

Dark, very dark.

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a horror book, it’s more along the lines of a tragedy.

Kate’s life has never been easy, but she learns how easy it is for it to always get worse, because it does always get worse. After the divorce of her parents, she tries to tell herself that her new home will be a fresh start. Then her mother meets Grady, and Kate’s life spirals down into abuse and fear. Her only relief comes from cutting.

This is a book that will make you ugly cry for sure. It’s easy to feel sorry for Kate because her life is never easy. The author handled the delicate situations in this book in a very real, very concrete manner. It’s sad to think there are girls forced to suffer lives like that, and this is one of those types of fiction stories that makes you really think about the world and people in it.

For all the darkness in the story, I loved the end of the book and felt like it gave the piece a bit of hope, a bit of closure. A little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. I was so captivated by the story that I had to finish it in a day because once I started, I didn’t want to stop until I heard how it ended.

This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart, but for those who can handle difficult topics, it is worth a listen.

The narration was well done, giving a gentle edge to these not-so-gentle topics.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.