When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?
Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.
Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.
Looking back, I think I did . . .
This book was so difficult for me to read, not because of the writing; which is beautiful and the book itself has little illustrations of trees throughout which was a really lovely touch. I couldn’t read it because I have a son a little younger than Matty, an overactive imagination and a difficult subject in the book so the three together were not a good combination. I will be honest, I did skip to the last three chapters and read them as I had to know how it ended! I’ll pick it up again when my son is older haha!
Cory Anderson paints a haunting picture of the forgotten children in America, those who distrust authority, have no parental figures and are in trouble. The characters are well written and the descriptions of their struggles are difficult to read but the book resonated with me in ways I didn’t think it would. I felt sorry for all three children, the actions by people who should have been loving them and caring for them basically causing them to be in the situation they were in. Thank goodness for some people who were willing to help.
I’m not going to rate this book – this is just a spotlight on it as I cannot do a full review. I really wish I could have enjoyed it more but that doesn’t mean others won’t. It is a good book, just wasn’t for me, right now.