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Friday, 13 February 2015


By Darian North
5 Stars

I wrote the core of this review quite a long time ago. The book came to me through a friend who does a lot of reading. She gave me a bag full of what she said were good books that she culls from her library because she needed to clean house. There were a number of really good books in that bag and there are reviews from several of them that will appear here.

This is a book I was really impressed with. The writing and the storytelling are both excellent. Once I started reading I could not stop. It is still in my personal library and is one of those books where I want to go back and study how the author put scenes together.

At 17 Thea Auben was raped and beaten almost to death. She has a son as a result of this. This is a story about her. Her main helper character is Jack Verrity, currently her landlord a former cop/police detective. Her son David runs away to search for his father and the truth with the help of some mysterious Internet friend. There is lots of twists, turns, danger and surprises along the way. Definitely for an adult audience. I think this is probably the best book I've read in quite a long time. Recommended? Definitely.