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He was perfect. At first.

The summer before senior year, 17-year-old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran's charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents' impending divorce.

But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect.

But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up.

Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran's mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

©2016 Christina Hoag (P)2018 Christina Hoag

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intense

I didn't really know what I was getting into with this book. but wow, it was good. it's crazy how it slowly escalates. I will be looking for more books by Christina Hoag.

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too often

this book unfortunately deals with a very true problem that happens every day. women get abused physically, mentally and emotionally daily but believe that somehow they deserve it. very sad. unfortunately I have been there and by the grace of God lived through it. what needs to be remembered is that no form of abuse is ok whether you are a woman or a man.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 05-13-18

Way too real!

It can happen to anyone. Control of your own life to being controlled. It happens slowly most of the time and, before you know it, you don't know how to get out of it. Chloe is just 17 years old when it happens to her. This is the first book I have had of Christina Hoag's and, I can guarantee, it will not be the last. Her writing style sucks you in and keeps you there without letting go. She is amazing. Her characters are well developed and believable and her ability to make you feel as if you are there, with the characters, as if you are a fly on the wall, watching it all play out is beyond exemplary.
I listened to the audiobook version of this and Angela Rose Masi is really good. She slows down the narration and conversation when it is necessary and speeds up with excitement when required. Her character voices are 'right on' and I had no problem knowing who was speaking by the sound of their voice. Honestly, it was as if I had a movie playing in my head while listening to the book.
I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it anyone.