Genre: Romance / Sociology : Abuse / Dark
Published on: 8th September 2013
Print length: 370 pages
About The Author: Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY best-selling American author. She has written more than 40 novels in 5 years and likes to say she offers fiction in several flavors. These include romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, action and adventure, suspense, and paranormal.
About The Book: No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness… At twenty-two, Nicole doesn’t even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that. And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down. Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more.
Review: I don’t know why I decided to write a review of this book. I read this a few years ago and haven’t thought about it for a long time until a few days ago. And since then I couldn’t get it out of my head. Maybe it was because of the #metoo hashtag spreading like wildfire and bringing out the truth about our society.
This book is an example of what happens behind closed doors. Of what domestic abuse is like. This book shows us that not every man or woman who looks like an upstanding citizen, actually IS one. This story is not just about Nicole, it’s about every second or third girl or even a guy who has suffered at the hands of someone else, who has been violated, stripped of their human rights and self-respect and made to feel like they’re unworthy of love.
This book is more than mere words put together to give you a story. This is a cry for help. This is about a woman so strong yet so broken that she thinks of herself as a monster. I have only good things to say about this book. I felt a connection to each and every character of this novel, other than the villain of course. Although this book is based on the ugliness of this world, it made me believe that LOVE trumps all.
So I urge you to read it. Feel it. Share it.
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