On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town’s most beloved and public figures.
How far would you go to protect your own?
Galacar certainly impresses with his debut novel. I was sucked in from the first page, trust me you won’t be able to put this book down.
The narrative is exciting, plenty of action with loads of uneasiness. The fast pace undoubtably holds your attention and interest. Multiple story lines intersect joining together with great impact. Riveting until the turn of the last page. Galacar demonstrates competence in handling fragile subject matter (rape). He expertly explores the aftermath both emotionally and mentally as well as the inescapable pain post rape trauma. We are privy to the psychological wounds suffered by rape survivors no matter their age, or time passed from attack, very affecting for the reader via Galacar’s keen eye and perspective.
Fantastic characters, all fully developed. Each character’s strength and weakness exposed. Kara will grab hold of your heart as she desperately tries to deal with her challenge. Her courage is admirable. Harry is despicable, you hope for his loathsome side to be discovered for the entire community to see his true colors. Catherine is memorable due to her quiet strength and compassion, a secondary character with a very strong presence along with an intricate part in the narrative.
Looking forward to reading more from this incredibly talented author. Fabulous debut effort.
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•Published March 23rd 2015 (first published March 18th 2015)