Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he's going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place; Creed never shows, and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late. With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges through which very few can break. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away, and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.
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I usually enjoy KA books, but this one failed to get my attention. I didn't get past the first two chapters.
- Denise "I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to."
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when you forget about the reader - that's a sign that she's not doing anything distracting. Ms Cartwright's performance was consistent in tone and character differentiation - very pleasant voice. In the future, if she is the narrator of a book, I'd probably check it out.
I've been enjoying this author, but there are a few phrases she repeats so often in ALL of her books, I can't believe they aren't edited out. Is she getting paid by the word? How many times the sentence after the character notices something starts with : "I know this because..." It is driving me crazy. It's a redundant phrase, "He was happy. I knew this because he smiled." "He was upset. I know this because he was glaring at me." "He really loved me. I know because he held me." It is maddening., I love her plots and characters. but I just can't tune that out anymore. PLEASE, Miss Ashley - get a RED PEN and ditch that phrase.
- Susan Winter "romantaholic"