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Sarah Smith was John's first – first girl he took, the first girl he conditioned for his sick purposes. Problem was due to her horrendous childhood before he took her she gets things mixed up in her head and he becomes her life – her everything. She would do anything for him – including conditioning the new girls he takes and getting rid of them when he is finished.
Ella is/was the latest girl taken. As with every girl that has been kidnapped and put in the celler all she thinks about is how to escape. After a while she sees that she is going to have to endure horrific things to be able to achieve that.
The books start out right after Ella was taken and put in the cellar with Sarah and Paige (another girl who had been taken) giving us both Sarah and Ella's POV of that. You can see right off that Sarah is not quite right in the head but aren't sure if she is totally on the side of John or has just learned to accept her fate.
The we jump to present day with Ella in the hospital – she had managed to escape and is being questioned by the police and FBI about the man who kidnapped and raped her. She is understandable in a very fragile state. We soon find out that both she and Sarah escaped and are both in the hospital.
From here we bounce back and forth between past and present until the timeline catches up. The present shows us how the two girls cope with being free and the intense therapy they both start. John is not captured until towards the end of the book so one girl is in fear he will find her again and the other wants him to find her.
These two girls couldn't be more different. You feel Ella's pain the most and at first struggle with how to feel about Sarah. Her past is slowly revealed and its an even uglier one than what she went through with John. But in the back of your mind you know she had a psychotic break at some point and may be irredeemable.
Even though the POV is from the girls and the subject matter is very dark. This was a decent read that I found through BookBub daily deal of the day...
After horrific attacks and a multitude of rapes, Ella has had it, she wants out and she does escape within mere inches of her life. She and interestingly Sarah are the only two who remain, the other girl trapped with them is nowhere to be found, they aren't sure if she's died or if she was taken by the kidnapper who is known as John.
After her ordeal, Ella is tremendously messed up and wants nothing but to be with her mom; however, her mom has taken a soft spot to Sarah; Sarah has no family and her "Father" at least as we know at this point is a rapist and kidnapper. So, Ella's mom takes Sarah into her home and offers to help her heal, but is Sarah whom she thinks she is? Can Sarah and Ella ever recover from the horror they have been through? If you love a good psychological thriller, then this for sure is the book for you!
I give this 4 stars only due to some of the major editing errors throughout the book. A very well-written tale and one that for sure will keep you up; however, the errors are a bit too glaring to ignore.
Right away we are told that Ella and Sarah escaped from their nightmare, so it goes back and forth between their time being prisoner and present day while they're trying to heal. I was reminded a bit of the book Doll House by John Hunt that I recently read, but this book was better written, and it seemed more realistic when it came to the trauma the girls were dealing with.
The twist at the end was really creepy, and made me wonder if the author plans to revisit the characters in the future.