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I am so glad I did. Yes, it was heartrendingly difficult to read, but wow, it is so worth it! I felt every agonizing baby step of progress, every heartbreaking step back, cheered every major accomplishment, willed her through every setback. I honestly don't think my interest ever waned and the climax? Nope, didn't see that coming. The icing on the cake(throw in a cherry on the top, if you like) were the multiple epilogs, tidied everything up very neatly, thank you very much. An excellent experience and one I won't forget.
I enjoyed this book, and the travails of its characters. That being said...(spoiler alert!):
I feel that true love was achieved a bit too easily and quickly. I very much felt that the ending was a convenient coincidence of absurd proportions. It would have been a much more effective story, if less satisfying, for the perpetrators to go uncaught, and unknown, just as in real life , so much of the time.
However, the emotional and psychological journey of the two main characters was extraordinary, and well written. I must read more by this author!
"So what do you guys think we should feast on this weekend?"
"I've got a taste for brunette"
"We had three brunettes in the past two weeks. Can't we have something more exotic?..."
I had to go back and look to see what the book was about. I finished reading the Pre-Prologue. Then I moved to the Prologue, and my heart felt like it shattered into small little pieces. I just felt like my breath was knocked out of me.
I couldn't put it down. I literally mauled it within a matter of 6 hrs. I felt like my breath depended on the next page and I just HAD to read it to take that breath. It's books that can bring that out in me that mean so much to me. It really felt like an emotional roller-coaster.
We get to meet Allyn, who is about 23 years old and she literally lives like a prisoner in her own home. Not because someone is holding her captive physically, but because she's tied down emotionally & mentally, which keeps her tied up physically (<- does that even make sense?). She has experienced something so tragic, that she really doesn't know how to live. She doesn't allow herself to step out side of her home for fear that she might be hurt again.
She then meets Dominic Shriver who's a psychologist, and is suppose to assist her in moving forward and getting to a "normal" life. He helps her without her realizing it. She's able to make small tiny steps, which are a HUGE deal to someone like her.
Somehow, they develop feelings for each other. Which can be hard due to the whole Dr./ patient issue... But, they make it work. What they have between each other is actually wonderful and special. It has such a beauty to it, that you can't help but root for them and hope that everything works out for them. What's beautiful is that he shows her that even though she's scarred physically and emotionally, she's still a beautiful person with a beautiful and pure soul.
I definitely enjoyed this book. I felt like the author did a great job in writing it. The circumstances where a little troubling, but I like where she went with this.