Carey is keeping a terrible secret.
If she tells, it could destroy her future.
If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?
For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in a camper van in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa. Her mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes.
I took this book home from the library while I was looking up books for my research on the story I want to write. It was the only book in the English section that I wanted to read.. As you can guess, the English section in my library isn’t that great.
I have to say that this book started off really intriguing. The story is told from Carey’s perspective so you only get the information she wants to share.. which is fine.. for the first 100 pages. After that it started to annoy me.
Emily Murdoch handles the difficult subject with great care and the details make it believable. The bond between Jenessa and Shorty was perfection. Getting used to a mother and father figure, when you’ve never know anything like it, must be really though and suddenly having to deal with people stealing your spotlight must be hard as well. (You’ll understand this when you read it, I don’t want to spoil anything)
The writing was very good, I even wrote down a quote! Something I rarely do but this one wouldn’t let me go..
We make attachments to what is familiar. We find the beauty, even in the lack. That’s human. We make the best of what we’re given.
That’s some amazing writing right there.
I really wanted to like this book. But it just didn’t happen. I kept waiting to be swept of my feet, for my mind to be blown.. And suddenly there was the secret (which didn’t surprise me that much really) and then it was over.
It was a quick read with great writing but it didn’t pull me in.
It left me wondering what I was going to write in this review, how I was going to share my feelings without giving you the idea that it’s a bad book, because it’s not!!
You have to be very brave to write about these subjects.. (kidnapping and drug abuse among other things) and she managed to do so in a kind and respectful way.
I hope you’ll still give it a chance.
Let me know when you do!