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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...
Appetite for Innocence has a fast pace and contains good writing. I thought the characters were well developed. They girls reminded me of real teenage girls. Appetite for Innocence is a creepy novel with graphic details (fair warning). It is hard to read what it happening to the girls in the book (I had to keep reminding myself that it is fiction). I did not, though, feel the suspense (I did feel the eeriness and the creep factor). The way it was presented made it seem more matter of fact than spine tingling (at least for me). Appetite for Innocence captured my interest and it was held through most of the novel (you will want to see what happens next). The reason my attention was not captured completely is the book jumps between Sarah and Ella along with past and present. A reader must note at the beginning of each chapter the character and whether it is past or present. I give Appetite for Innocence 4 out of 5 stars. I kept hoping for a surprise twist instead of the ending I anticipated. I did like the books message about being careful about the information that is shared on social media sites. You never know who can access your personal information and how they will use it. Appetite for Innocence is a disturbing novel that will captivate readers. Lucinda Berry is a new author for me. I will have to check out her other works