On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town's most beloved and public figures.
Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters - a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there's Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?
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Such a Well Written Novel... This one is a Film
I'd recommend this book to any Producer/Director looking for one hell of a story that needs to be adapted, turned into a script, and produced as one scorcher of an Indie Film.
Every one of the characters was so well developed by the author, how could anyone possibly have a "Favorite"?
I think he could have spent more time working with the casting director, finding the right actors to bring their individual characters roles to life.
There were points where I'd suddenly realize that one of the character voices had distracted me so much, I'd completely missed the last ten to thirty seconds of dialogue. At those points I was moved to grab my phone, and press the "Rewind" button, to go back and pick up the story where I'd momentarily tuned out.
Kevin Clay has an amazing voice, and I could listen to it for days. (Wait... I think I just did... ) For the most part, I really enjoyed his work. But there is that small part that goes along with the most part, to make the whole part, that left me a little disappointed. There were character voices that didn't match the characters (like a highly competent Sheriff's deputy, with a voice that made him sound like a man who could barely be trusted with a broom, let alone a badge, a gun, and the keys to a car) Or women's voices that sounded pouty and depressed, when the dialogue wasn't pouty or depressed. There were times when I'd wished that he'd simply told the story in his own beautiful voice... Because, when he does that, he does an amazing job.
The pain and suffering Kara went through after confessing her rape was undeniably great as many seemed to doubt her confession. She was labelled as a liar who wanted attention from all the lies she said. Her parents were in denial when she first professed made it difficult for her as they were someone she found comfort from. The aftermath of the accident made her uncomfortable to be around men including her father which tore his heart apart. Kara’s character changed and she turned into someone who was depressed. She was constantly using physical pain to feed the void inside her; the unbearable emotions of disgust, anger and hopeless. The agony was extreme that she wanted to find comfort in the eternal darkness she felt deserving.