Within the walls of a tasteful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, young Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner of war. Strangers—and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake—see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s... show more
Within the walls of a tasteful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, young Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner of war. Strangers—and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake—see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Zane and his sister know the truth: There is something terribly wrong.
As his father’s violent, controlling rages—and his mother’s complicity—become more and more oppressive, Zane counts the years, months, days until he can escape. He looks out for little Britt, warning her Be smart. Be careful. In fear for his very life, he plays along with the insidious lie that everything is fine, while scribbling his real thoughts in a secret journal he must carefully hide away.
When one brutal, shattering night finally reveals cracks in the façade, Zane begins to understand that some people are willing to face the truth, even when it hurts. As he grows into manhood and builds a new kind of family, he will find that while the darkness of his past may always shadow him, it will also show him what is necessary for good to triumph—and give him strength to draw on when he once again must stand up and defend himself and the ones he loves…
Publish date: 2019-07-09
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Edition language: English
While reading this I kinda felt like I had read it before, the storyline felt familiar. Lets frontload this review by stating that the storyline features abusive relationships, both to children and adults from the start. I found some of the scenes a bit hard to read. The story starts with Zane Bige...
Audio Book Review, narrated by January LaVoy. Wow, this book starts with a bang in a very dark place. Abuse is a horrific thing and this story abounds with it. There is romance, drama, mystery, along with a good dose of crazy, and a light at the end of the tunnel, a cheer went up (at least in my he...
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I had a great time with this book. I read quite a few books written by Nora Roberts years ago but had not picked up any in recent years. I am now questioning my decision-making skills because I have clearly been missing out. This was a b...