My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Running naked through the woods, Cal flees the sadistic man who abducted and tortured him. When he stumbles upon a convenience store, he breaks in to steal food. A young store clerk, Jake, confronts him, and they get into a fight that ends with Cal being knocked unconscious. He wakes in the home of Jake’s Uncle Gary, the owner of the convenience store. Realizing Cal needs help, Gary tries to communicate with him, but despite Cal’s efforts, he can’t bring himself to speak. Instead, he writes down his experiences. Horrified by the perverse cruelty Cal endured, Gary takes him to the police, who track down his tormentor.
Abandoned by his parents before his abduction, Cal doesn’t have anywhere to go, so Gary and his wife eagerly welcome him into their home. He feels fortunate to be with such caring people—something he’s never had before. Despite their help, he still can’t find his voice, and he wonders if he ever will. And Jake certainly isn’t making things any easier. It’s clear he doesn’t want Cal to be part of their family. But the more Cal gets to know him, the more he realizes Jake might be the very person who can heal the deep wounds left by his horrifying past.
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A young man, Cal, escapes hell, steals, gets into a fight, and gets taken in by a family, despite the fact that he can’t speak to defend his actions or explain what happened to him.
This book had a lot of potential but I feel it fell short of the mark. It started out excellently with suspense and mystery. The scene with the police was intense. Jake’s reactions to Cal were great. The set up for more was there. I was feeling some emotions.
Then Cal could speak again. And the story became somewhat disjointed. The emotion was gone. What could have been a great road to healing became just events with time jumps. There was too much going on, but even the characters sometimes seemed detached from the situations.
Devon McCormack is a new author to me and although I’m a little disappointed, I’m willing to give them another chance. The writing was well done, I just wish the intensity of the beginning would have continued throughout the book.
***ARC received from NetGalley