Having read this on Kindle, I failed to notice the author's name and so my biggest surprise when finishing was to discover the author is female. This bold, eerily gripping novel ramrods itself down your throat 'til you choke. It answers questions for me personally regarding how far you can take your reader when it comes to violence and torture, apparently, pretty far. I was unable at times to take the bloody, sordid depravity of the gruesome torture and had to glance away; however, it kept pulling me back in. Beaumont knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Melissa was kidnapped at fifteen, tortured, and raped repeatedly for 83 days. Her kidnapper dropped her body off at a local church. Fifteen years later, after a miraculous recovery allowed her to restart her life, she emerges under an assumed identity, her twin siblings in tow, totally separated from her past life, other than an occasional communication with her grandmother, until Michael shows up.
Michael's sister endured the same torture and he wants help in bringing the killer to justice. As you might imagine, Sabrina, as she is know known, is not excited by the idea of being bait, but her training as a police officer, and her understanding that it was just not her and Michael's sister, but a girl every year that has been afforded the same fate. Not just that, but he just brutally murdered Grandma too.
When she comes to the realization that she can no longer allow this to continue, she and Michael head home, to that little blink-and-you'll-miss-it town where one of the local yokel good-old-boys has been torturing and killing young girls for over a decade. Will they figure out which of the inhabitants of this small town is the enemy before he takes her again?
Buckle up for the ride of a lifetime, this one is the roughest rollercoaster you ever had to endure.
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