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Stolen Away Paperback – June 24, 2016
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Dearborn crafts a range of very flawed but relatable characters that most people would dismiss as hopeless at first sight. The main characters Trisha and Joel are recovering addicts and have done many questionable things to get themselves to the point where the novel begins. Dearborn’s treatment of these two as well as those who help them on the way forces you to root for this struggling couple and overcome any stereotypes of those who have made bad choices in their youth. I’d love to watch this one on the big screen or even the little screen so I can keep the lights on and make sure my kids are safe.
We are introduced to Trisha, who is a single mother, down on her luck as I said, trying to stay off drugs and having broken up with her equally addicted boyfriend. She makes a bad decision and goes off to party at a club where a demon is on the prowl for someone vulnerable, just like her…… nine months later, she delivers a half-demon baby. The demon (he has “DEMON” tattooed on his back just in case there was some doubt) comes back and kidnaps the child.
The story then becomes a tale of a frantic mother trying to get her baby back. The fact that the kidnapper is a demon adds to the pain experienced by the mother, and felt by us, the readers. The normal authorities can't be called - you have to fight by yourself, or accept things as they are. For me, it was the credible picture of people trying hard against tough odds to live a reasonable life that made the whole thing hang together, even with the supernatural, like special sauce, dropped in. It’s well written, suspenseful, and creates a believable world / underworld, which we can imagine is lying there under our feet. We just have to hope we never bump into it!
Well worth a read.
But "Stolen Away" is Dearborn writing at a whole new level. The characters have new depth, the plot is beautifully paced, the story goes in directions you don't necessarily anticipate. I've always been particularly impressed by her ability to convey a strong sense of place, and "Stolen Away" doesn't disappoint on that front, either - I grimaced at that Florida heat as if I were the one slogging through it.
It's the characters in this one that are sticking with me, though. Dearborn seems to gravitate toward broken and unlikely protagonists, but they don't always get the shot at redemption (or the capacity to see it through) that Trish and Joel have in this novel. You'll have to read for yourself to see if they make it, of course, but their journey is far richer for the worldly horrors they've struggled to put behind them, even as otherworldly new ones unfold.
It's hard to say much more without getting into spoiler territory, but in case it isn't clear, I loved this book. Fan of Dearborn's or not, this is one to pick up and check out. I think you'll be glad you did.
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