ABOUT THE BOOK:
by Clara Kensie
Publisher: Merit Press
Release: November 15th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.
“Pleasantview. Locked in the attic of my keeper’s house there was nothing pleasant about my view.”
Where do I even begin with this startling book? I tried my best to avoid other reviews and blurbs regarding this book, because I knew when I signed up for it that it would be better to not know too much to start. That wouldn’t have been a problem, though, as there are so many surprises along the way so I wouldn’t have felt prepared if I had read every review and snippet available before hand.
This is so much more than a book about a girl who survived being kidnapped. This is the story of all the relationships we don’t even realize will be affected when someone is gone, and just how deep our loneliness and despair can go when something traumatic happens.
The entire book is just one punch to the gut after another, though tempered with moments of hopefulness. You come out on the other side knowing that you need a hug, and wishing that you could give one to some of the characters. Maybe almost all of them even.
It isn’t an easy read by any stretch of the imagination. There are triggering topics but the author handled these so gracefully and sensitively and they aren’t graphic or disturbing for most people. She’s written with a hand that is acutely aware of the depth of human depravity while still imparting the strength of the human spirit. Kensie is definitely adept in the ways of the thriller and I’m very much looking forward to what she comes up with next.
Recommended for a mature audience/17+
Two more of my favorite quotes:
“Hope is made of air and wishes. An empty box wrapped in shiny paper.”
“Some stories won’t have a happy ending.”
About the Author:
Winner of the 2015 RITA Award for Best First Book
Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.
Today, Clara is the author of dark fiction for young adults. Her debut, the super-romantic thriller RUN TO YOU BOOK ONE: DECEPTION SO DEADLY is the winner of the prestigious RITA Award for Best First Book.
The RUN TO YOU series was named to several Best Books of 2014 lists, including RT Magazine Editors’ Pick. The two-book series was originally published as a six-part serial by Harlequin Teen in 2014 (First Sight, Second Glance, Third Charm, Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense). By popular demand, the six-part serial is now available as two full-length books: DECEPTION SO DEADLY and DECEPTION SO DARK.
Her next book is AFTERMATH, a dark, ripped-from-the-headlines contemporary about a girl who returns home four years after being kidnapped, only to find her family has fallen apart in her absence. To fix her broken family–and help find the body of her captor’s first victim–the girl must first heal herself. AFTERMATH is a story of hope, healing, and triumph over tragedy, perfect for fans of ROOM and THE LOVELY BONES. Available November 15th 2016 from Merit Press.
Clara’s favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.
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