It’s hard to put into words, how I feel about this book. It really rocked my emotions to the core. A few days after finishing it, it stills plays heavily with my thoughts. If Carey and Jenessa were real people, I would have to write to them to show how much their story touched me. The characters are that realistic, representing every child who has suffered some form of abuse in the world. My heart aches when I think about the girls and how many children have been through similar experiences.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the book because I really think you need to go into with your eyes wide open, your ears ready to listen and your heart ready to welcome these wonderful children into your life. The harsh reality of this book will take your breath away. The strength of friendships and family bonds will restore it.
Carey’s voice is very authentic from the start, expressing her opinions in a voice of a neglected child. She has a hardness about her, that loosely covers the innocent child within. She had to do what was right. She had to make decisions that would keep her six year old sister Jenessa safe. Between them they hide secrets that will affect the rest of their lives and by the end of the book you are aware of what they have really been through. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there is sequel that will show what happens when the truth is truly free.
Carey and Jenessa have a lot to deal with as their world changes beyond recognition, yet they face each new situation with courage and honesty. They quickly learn about life and your heart bursts like a proud parent.
The writing is beautiful and poignant. I can’t believe this is Emily Murdoch’s first book. She has created a book that will be passed from hand to hand. Word will quickly spread about the awesomeness of this book. I will certainly be making the people around me read it. If you read one book this year, make it this one.
This book has the emotional pull of Wonder by R.J. Palacio and the harsh reality of Room by Emma Donoghue and The Bunker Diaries by Kevin Brooks. A life affirming read that highlights the parallel between the good and the bad in everyone’s life.