I cracked opened Heather’s debut after having read her posts for six months, so I knew the writing would be strong and thought provoking. Still, I was apprehensive. Why? Because I tend to internalize what I’m reading– storylines invade my dreams and daily thoughts– so I avoid books with violence, especially when children are involved. But I am a dutiful Debutante, so I put on my big girl pants and jumped in.
I’M SO GLAD I DID. Yes, the story reveals a dark, mysterious backstory, but there isn’t overt violence that’s hard for us sensitive souls to trudge through. The “crimes” are woven into the story like an undercurrent, and the writing is completely addicting.
The book is a masterpiece. Heather unites the past and the present in a way that changes the future. The characters stayed with me–particularly the sibling relationships explored. Days after finishing, I settled on this insight from THE LOST GIRLS: We take from those we love, and we make sacrifices for them; sometimes as payment for what we took, sometimes without even realizing why we’re doing it.
Congratulations, my friend, you done good.
GO BUY THIS BOOK.