I got in contact with the author, Christian Galacar, and I was given the book in exchange of an honest review.
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.
Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters—a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the centre of it all there’s Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?
The pain and suffering Kara went through after confessing her rape was undeniably great as many seemed to doubt her confession. She was labelled as a liar who wanted attention from all the lies she said. Her parents were in denial when she first professed made it difficult for her as they were someone she found comfort from. The aftermath of the accident made her uncomfortable to be around men including her father which tore his heart apart.
Kara’s character changed and she turned into someone who was depressed. She was constantly using physical pain to feed the void inside her; the unbearable emotions of disgust, anger and hopeless. The agony was extreme that she wanted to find comfort in the eternal darkness she felt deserving. The raw emotions reading from her scenes allowed me to be feeling just as vulnerable as she was. I felt naked and the entire process of feeling those emotions were a roller coaster ride.
David Price was envious of his wife as she was the one that Kara confided in times after the incident. He was not able to be around Kara due to her traumatic experience led to his rage and nonsensical behaviour. He felt unwanted from his family and his wife tender touch made him felt unfair. I felt that he should behave more rationally and understand from Kara’s perspective to the reason of her recent change of character. He acted liked a child when his family needed him to be patient in this process. Despite of his irrational conduct, I felt that he was frustrated of not being able to protect his daughter from sexual assault. He felt lost as he was the one who was supposed to be her guardian angel. He felt that he needed to do something to protect his own. That justified his attitude towards the end of the book.
The book was slow at the start with many different characters introduced in each chapter. It was confusing at first when it switched between those characters. The pace pick up after the introduction of each character and their links to the plot in this book. The characters were well written with each have their own back story to make the readers understand their actions. The pure and raw emotions were surreal when reading as the readers would able to experience living in the bad dreams.