“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” ~ Hellen Keller
I’m torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. "Hope had been stripped from me at every minute of every hour of every day for my entire life." A story about the ugly circumstances that life throws to some, and the strength to survive, overcome and accept the person you become because of those situations.
Abby and Jake were made for each other and they complemented their broken souls and lives in many ways. I understood the environment they grew up on, and why they acted the way they did, and the things that happened to them where sad, especially Abby unforgivable horrible things. I try to picture in my mind that this kind of stuff actually happens and I cannot understand where the system fails, how this is allowed in some small towns, not just in the US, but also in other countries. "I fell asleep that night in the arms of a killer. I'd never slept better."
I was sad, to see poor Abby happy and then turn the pages and she just has to confront another terrible ordeal. I was just like please leave this girl alone, she needs to be happy, she is a survivor. “Sick, twisted Abby was in love with the sick, twisted beautiful Jake"
Also…. As always mi issue with falling in love….. Timelines… It just seems that it is a recurrent situation, or maybe an imperative in romance/new adult/young adult books but I just do not fall for the I-love-you-like-crazy in a matter of days scenario… I mean please at least give the characters a month…. Don’t write down the whole month, maybe skip a little bit in time.. I don’t know..
Anyway, in the end things worked out and the epilogue is just memorable… sinister but memorable and very ad hoc crazy, beautiful, twisted Jake! So If you don’t mind a dark book with heavy themes, go on and give this book a try.