Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.
One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.
Revenge and justice were sworn.
Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.
The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.
*TRIGGER WARNING* Some scenes depict abusive situations.
There’s a Disclaimer at the beginning of the book. If you do purchase this book please make sure to read it carefully.
We rely on the characters of a book to let us know what they see and what they’re feeling. Niko does that very clearly – one reason for the disclaimer. The Prologue shows the harsh reality that not everyone has a perfect life or a happy ending. It’s a story that will have you shaking your head and feeling sorry.
Lelu lets us see how a man can sometimes love pain. We haven’t had a story like this in the news for a while but that doesn’t mean that something like this isn’t happening. It’s a reminder to be diligent about keeping an eye on what’s happening around you.
If you have a heart, this story is going to affect you in some way. It’s very sad and it’s tough to read because of the violence. This is a book that I had no choice but to put down because of how it affected me and how it made me feel. The authors know their jobs because they’ve created a character that almost made me physically ill and not wanting to continue. But they also have me fondly remembering how much I love the tv show Criminal Minds. It’s how they care about finding justice for the victims.
And that’s exactly what kept me reading. I have to believe that if it was tough for me to read that it must have been just as tough for the authors to write. Their words are so strong and evoke even stronger emotions. Expect to get angry and maybe to even cry. But the biggest emotion is frustration because even though you know it’s a work of fiction, you feel as if your hands are tied. You may not have been able to help Lelu but you can check around your area to see if there’s something you may be able to do for those like her. For me this story was more about the horror against humanity so it makes it more of a thriller in my eyes. The romance once it comes was just a great way to lighten a very dark mood.
A. M. Wilson loves infusing her stories with real life—the good, the bad, and the steamy parts. She thinks there’s something special about romance; that pivotal moment when two characters realize their love for each other, but she likes wading through a little angst to get there. When she isn’t furiously typing on her computer, she can be found searching for her next all-consuming read. A. M. lives in Minnesota with her husband, two children, and black lab. Connect with her at amwilson.net orwww.facebook.com/A.M.WilsonAuthor
Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media.