- File Size: 3141 KB
- Print Length: 51 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Molly O'Keefe (May 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0727QRMJ1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Debt: A Prologue Kindle Edition
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The Debt centers around a group of troubled teens who are forever bound by a life-changing event. The story contained dark elements, which I loved, but more than that it delved into the lives of a diverse group of characters in a way that left me craving more. There are so many possibilities as to what will happen with this group, and it will be interesting to see where O'Keefe will take them. There is nothing I love more than a deliciously good villain, and I am really hoping we will see a lot more of Bates in the coming books. I loved the way she launched the story and its players, making me incredibly eager to get my hands on the next book in the series.
The book opens with two of the kids, Tommy and Beth, making out in the art room at the HS. They are interrupted by the school principal... it seems like he is going to let them get away with this but then he says he has to let The Pastor know about it... it seems that the deal with the HS is that residents of St Judes cant be in the same classes or fraternize and any infractions have to be reported back to the The Pastor. Beth knows that if it gets reported Tommy is going to get a really bad punishment (because things at St Judes aren't what they seem).... she seems to be about to tell the principal what really goes on but...
Things are weird back at St Judes that night... Tommy gets to eat dinner which he usually doesn't... the girls are doing dishes as usual but then Beth is left to do them alone...
Later that night, Tommy is woken up from a sweet dream about Beth ... there are screams and then then thumps coming from the girls rooms ... everyone is locked into their rooms at night at St Judes... he thought that The Pastor would come for him but The Pastor went for Beth... Tommy knows that if The Pastor gets Beth in his office, he will rape her, that is what The Pastor does with the foster children in his care.
Tommy and Simon try to figure out how to get out of their room - it is locked from the outside.... somehow Rosa has gotten a set of keys. Carissa has gotten a knife; they get into the office and Tommy gets The Pastor off Beth....
Tommy wakes up in a police station in hand cuffs, bloodied and broken, next to Simon and Carissa. Tommy had no idea where Beth was,other than her mother had come for her (and I don't know about the rest of you but I got creepy vipes about Beth's mom's) In strolls Bates, who we met in "Baby Come Back" - he was Lazarus's henchmen. He ordered out the police officer in the room. He told Carissa, Simon and Tommy that if they agreed to come work for him, when he called in THE DEBT, they could walk out of the police station.
I can't wait to see where this goes... Where did Rosa go? Carissa? We know that Simon went to UCLA and Tommy works in construction... Beth becomes a pop star....
I can't wait to see how the Debt get paid...
This extremely emotional beginning had me right from the very first pages. The story of a home for youths, abused by the Pastor and his wife gave me pause. Focusing on 5 of the young people, they seemingly make a deal with the devil after a horrific incident that results in them being taken in for questioning by the police. And now they are set free...3 of them with the other two missing.
I cannot wait to see how their journey continues as they seek out true freedom and find themselves being a productive part of society. Truly another fantastic adventure that the author delivers each and every time I pick up one of her books.
You need to give this one a try. It promises to be as different as it is compelling.
5 solid stars.
So this is a free book which sets up the events of Lost Without You and Where I Belong. It is a short story that explains how Beth and Tommy meet and also introduces Simon, Rosa and Clarissa. Turns out that they live at a Juvenile home that is a house of horrors. Will they be able to get help in time?
The story is good, but it leaves you wanting more so you will need to continue the series to find out where these characters end up.
Hero 4 stars / Heroine 4 stars / Steam 3 stars / Plot 4 stars / Overall 3.5 Stars
Keys: Dual POV, MF, Part of a series, Edge of my seat, May have triggers.
#MSBB - I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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