- File Size: 3498 KB
- Print Length: 414 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508808724
- Publication Date: March 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UCHVS2K
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Told in alternating POV's between Layna and Elian. Past references were indicated in italics reflecting on past scenes of memories of the times spent with Layna's father.
Layna was a survivor of solitude. This story depicted her journey into a life of solitude. Layna sat in Denny's every morning watching Elian and his friend at a nearby booth. For three months she observed from afar until one morning her laugh brought Elian's attention to her.
Layna and Elian were too lonely souls connected by a darkness. This bonding tethered their haunting souls.
Layna found a unique way to unlock the secret memories of her past in hopes of setting the past free to move on in the future. In order to unlock those secrets she needed the key held by Elian who also held secrets. Together the painful truth was revealed.
Layna and her father shared secrets hidden in the stars. Layna continued assigning stories to the stars as a reminder of what she shared with her father.
Layna's character loved her father despite the monster he was. Layna believed she carried the blood of a monster and wondered if she too was a monster. Her mother loved her father despite him being a monster.
Layna was a young girl yearning for her father's love. A love shared by spending time together and sharing stories about the stars.
Elian found love in the monster who bonded with pain and loss. Elian had a love he cherished never knowing that this one person held the answers to releasing his pain. Layna's love unlocked the secrets for Elian's healing.
This was a story about a twisted love/hate relationship Layna had with her father. Her father's love molded her into the person she became. Layna became a woman who craved the twisted love of a broken man. Layna needed to crush the happiness from Elian and bring him back to his misery. Two characters tied by twisted contradictions of love and hate. A hate for the past that were ladled in lies and a future full of healing.
Layna was a conflicted character torn between what was taught to her by her father and what was bred into to her by her father. Then the battle of her her brothers desperate words of conviction to disprove she is nothing like him. Yet her actions and cravings are testaments to her willpower to quiet the urges. Her father taught her not to be ashamed of who she was. To accept the craving.
Walters’ words were carefully chosen and lyrical, which made the story even more mysterious. I loved the pacing, the sentence structure and word choice. Each one making this novel more menacing, more meaningful and more treacherous.
Sentences were fractured, like the minds of the characters who hoplelessly tried to make sense of everything.
“Tick tock goes the clock…”
“Lines of destruction etched into skin…”
The story was powerful and chilling. I had to step away a few times so I could gain my bearings. And that to me is one mark of a good book. If the writing and story stirs emotion in me, then it is a winner. I was sad, I was horrified, and I was angry. Walters' writing brought forth those emotions in me. Further, she made me think. In my previous work days, I was a counselor for both adult felons and juveniles who were in the juvenile justice system. I have dealt with personalities such as those represented in the pages of this book. The cold, calculating, antisocial and the ever despondent, delusional, self-destructive individual. Walters did a FANTASTIC job getting into the heads of her characters. She brought their thoughts alive on the page. This was not an easy thing to do! I couldn’t help but compare these characters to those with whom I have previously dealt. It made me wonder where they are now, what they have become. She reminded me that we are all human. That everyone in their humanity is flawed. That evil exists in everyone, it is what you do with it that determines what you will become. Finally, she reminded me that we are all hanging on by a thread. Some have thread thicker and sturdier than others, but we all have a breaking point.
“We were perfect in our mad sanity.”
While I acknowledge this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I can’t stop thinking about it. This book sucked me in! It completely, and wholly owned me. So, yes, it appears I am the odd man out here, but this was a 5 star read for me. And, I’m okay with that.
“Doubts were dangerous. They clouded the mind and dampened the soul with what ifs.”
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Cycles are repeated if not broken - this is just too twisted to not have learned from.Read more