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- Print Length: 203 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (July 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CC68FN4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Twenty years later the three girls were still as close as ever, but Hilary was in and out of rehabilitation from drink and drugs, her only coping mechanism – Cecily was a lawyer, an assistant DA with commitment issues and Amelia had no trust of men, seeing a different man every night, never allowing herself to form a relationship. So when Amelia picked up yet another young guy at a nightclub one night, Cecily didn’t think anything of it. Imagine her shock when she received a call from an exceedingly distraught Amelia in the middle of the night. She had recognised a tattoo from the past….but the police wouldn’t reopen the case, basically laughing at them.
Hiring a Private Investigator, Cecily determined they would find the evidence themselves – no way was he getting away with it again. But as she dug deeper and deeper into the past, she discovered horrifying secrets. She couldn’t let it go, she wouldn’t let it go; the danger escalated at a frightening speed and suddenly the worst happened….
What an absolutely fantastic thriller from debut author Patricia Hale! I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to I found myself thinking about it continually, talking about it and wondering what would happen next. The twists were amazing, I was in the grip of the plot from the very beginning. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel, and I’ll be watching out for more from this author.
The suspense grew swiftly right from the first page. The characters were alive, each with their particular brand of personality quirks, charm, heroism and unrelenting demons. My heart was fully engaged in this story, sometimes fearful of the next chapter. And yet, I was drawn to face the terror. The plot, while sometimes extreme, was plausible.
When the police force gave no heed to their belief a rapist had returned for revenge, Cecily exchanged her lawyer hat for a detective's. She underestimated her adversary, and was not prepared for the truth of who was behind the attack on the three girls.
The only criticism I have, and it's minor, is that the characters seem to drink a lot of wine. Perhaps that's part of the culture among lawyers who can't escape a childhood nightmare.
One of my favorite paragraphs.
My anger at Hilary over her addictions had more to do with my own guilt. The longer she stayed sick, the longer I had to carry the blame. If she'd just get better, I could let some of it go and I knew that day would come, but I was impatient. Hilary exuded pain like a runner exudes sweat. Sooner or later she'd let out the last of it and wake up ready to move on. But for now, every one of her admissions into a psych unit or rehab sends me back in time. People said that Amelia and I were the lucky ones. And they were right, if you call it luck to watch your best friend get raped while you huddle in the corner of a rusted-out rail car, thank God it isn't you and feeling guilty as hell that it's not.
One of my favorite scenes.
"What'd you do to your hand?" he asked, nodding toward the red line on the fat of my palm where Hilary, Amelia and I had last run the straight edge for our ritual.
"It's nothing," I said.
"Doesn't look like nothing. Looks sore."
"We're blood sisters."
He nodded and looked back at the road.
I couldn't tell him that sometimes I ran the straight edge along the thin red line when I was at home too. While my mother was downstairs, her eyes moving left and right over the words inside her Bible, praising God.
Officer Marquette pulled his police car into my driveway and lifted my bike out of the trunk. "There you go," he's said and leaned it toward me.
When I took it from him he'd placed his palm on my shoulder and I'd felt the same heat as the night in my kitchen.
"We've got a deal, right?" he asked. "No more visits to the rail car."
His hand had been warm, comforting as a blanket fresh out of the dryer. I'd dropped my bike and ran for the house.
He'd looked at my hand again today. Not everything in childhood gets left behind.
My favorite lines.
The feeling that I would pay for that someday kept me returning to the ritual, like a sinner to Sunday Mass.
Balls come in all shapes and sizes.
The story unfolds with us learning more and more about the girls' childhoods and the women they have become today. You learn how they each have developed coping mechanisms to get them past the memories that haunt them. Cecily seems to bear the most guilt and it is linked to a Ouiji board that they had played with as children. She has a link to the board which she is sure comes from her deceased Grandmother. She feels that the answers that she has been given through the board may have been guidance from her Grandmother all along.
The more involved Cecily becomes in the investigation concerning the assault from 18 years before, the more danger she finds herself in, and the more muddy the lines between being loyal to friends or being loyal to family become.
Again, loved this book - and I loved the touch of paranormal that was thrown in!
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