The Long Road Home Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07TCPPV88
- Publication date : July 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1200 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 495 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,510,626 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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"Survival is just about trying to breathe. It’s not living, it’s just being alive and there’s a difference." Such an honest portrayal of the emotions the characters feel, no pretense of being strong when they aren't but finding that strength when they need it.
While the protagonist, Emily, is trying to help a younger woman overcome her terrible ordeal, she is not only been haunted by her own demons, but discovers some of them are alive and well and want to finish what they started, destroying Emily in every way possible.
This book should come with a content warning, it will probably trigger a lot of emotions in a lot of readers, but I don't think it's a bad thing. Along with the dark and traumatic experiences, the writer effortlessly weaves in the story of hope, connection, compassion and support.
I would love to have a Paige in my life! But I'd also love to know an Emily. These characters became so real for me that I found myself shouting out loud, cheering them on.
A definite must read. I also thought the dedication was beautiful. I didn't really take it in when I started reading, but by dedicating it to both the victims and the survivors, I could really feel the writer's personal compassion for people who have been through such an experience.
Emily Winter, a brutal rape survivor turned entrepreneur, receives a phone call from her former social worker, Paige, which sends her spiraling back down memory lane to a horrific past life that she tries desperately on a daily basis to keep hidden when Paige's daughter is raped on a trip with friends. Paige asks Emily to help her daughter, Casey, to try to come out of a depressive state after her sexual assault since no one else knows how difficult a situation like this is more than Emily does since she experienced a similar abuse years ago.
Emily is pretty much reclusive and pushes everyone away from her in fears of becoming too attached to people and doesn't want to return back home to Hawthorne, the place her attacked occurred, but relents due to the fact that Paige was the only person there to help her through her attack years ago. Emily spends her days working with her assistant, Glynis, and her nights binge drinking and doing random bar hops in search for meaningless one night stands. Emily feels obligated to help Paige's daughter and embarks upon a stressful, difficult, scary but rewarding journey that will force Emily to come to terms with her dark past and provide her with hope for a brighter future.
What I enjoyed about this book: This story was intensely raw, realistic and gripping. It was very detailed and the storyline was one that kept you engaged and intrigued to discover more about Emily's past and how her brutal rape affected her present life. The emotions that each of the characters had were ones that I could feel myself. I sympathized with Emily and Casey as they spoke about being sexually assaulted. The ongoing nightmares that Emily endured were heart pounding and fear inducing. I felt incredibly saddened for her when I read about the abuse that her captors placed upon her. This book shows the readers how one can find faith in the darkness of a crisis after turning away from God for so long. I believe that this is something the author was trying to get across to their audience.
All of the characters of this book were well thought out and believable. There wasn't a dull moment while reading this. I enjoyed the fact that the author showed how difficult it was for Emily to let her guard down and try to trust people and find faith in humanity again after being damaged by the brutality of her abusers. Reading about Emily discovering love again with her first love Liam was heart touching and beautiful. I cannot express that enough.
I enjoyed reading about the deeply rooted family issues and seeing how things played out with family members as they all try to heal and forgive one another. The affects of alcohol and self-medicating was very vivid and realistically told in this story. This book also focused on religion and how one could twist religion and religious practices to serve their own sick and demented purposes.
What I did not enjoy about this book: As this was a proof copy, I do understand that it needs to be edited, that is why I did not take off any points for the errors in my review, but please fix the fluidity of the story. Lots of parts are jumbled up and are out of place which made it very difficult to read and follow along in some spots.
Also, please address the issues of fluidity within the storyline during the transitioning scenes, especially when Emily is transitioning from dreaming back into her awakened state. Also, the fluidity of transitioning scenes going from Emily's viewpoint to another characters: I.E. moving to Cathy, Liam's mother, speaking.
I also did not like how many times coffee was referenced in this story. Good grief, did these characters not drink anything else? It was so aggravating. "Do you want me to make coffee?" How many times does one drink coffee and need to write about it? I only remember tea being referenced once. And tequila was referenced a lot as well, but not as much as the word coffee. Also, consistency of references to items should be addressed: I.E. Cotton Candy or Cotton Floss... Stick to one or the other.
Trigger Warning: Do not read this book if you are sensitive to the following: sexual assault, molestation, murders, family crises, alcoholism, abuse of any form and sexual references used as mental escapes.
Thank you NetGalley and J H Morgan for the opportunity to read and review this book for the exchange of an honest opinion.
I found this book amazing, it was so well written and the emotions it invoked in me were hard to describe. Being able to pull all my emotions is what a book needs to earn a 5star rating from me. I was hooked from the beginning and all the twists and turns in the book only helped to draw me in more to this storyline. At times the rawness of this story was hard to cope with, yet I couldnt put the book down. I stayed up most of the night reading this book. For those that enjoy thrillers I would certainly recommend.
This is a book that pulls you in on the first page and does not let go until the last page. The characters are damaged and flawed and yet, capture your heart. It is not my typical thriller genre, and I admit there were parts that were tough to read. But, it was one of the most satisfying books that I’ve read in a while. Although I am sure some one criticize the neat resolution, I appreciated it.
Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for giving me the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.