February 28, 2017 by Evelyn Summers
“You’ll have to forgive me, Darlin’, for all the unforgivable things I’m about to do…”
Loyalty is never easy – especially when you’re forced to choose between family and the man you would do anything to possess…
Born into a world that no child should endure, Magpie “Maggie” Crow is doted on by her loving father and over protective brothers. As much as she loves them, she fears them, especially when she learns secrets they’ve kept hidden.
Elliot McLaughlin joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school to provide for his wife and son. He’d never intended to become a father so young, but was willing to do what it took to give his family everything they needed.
After Elliot’s family goes missing, he returns from war to an empty home. Obsessed with discovering who took his family, he investigates their disappearance and plots his revenge.
Passion brings Maggie and Elliot together. Obsession pushes them apart. As a bitter battle begins between Elliot and the Crows, Maggie’s heart hangs in the balance.
**Disclaimer: This book is intended for audiences 18 years of age or older. The subject matter of this book discusses sensitive topics that may be a trigger for some readers.**
Review by Evelyn
What a mindblowing read. I’ve been in a bit of a book funk recently and this is the one thing that’s managed to focus my attention and draw me out, with its dark, gritty suspense and debilitating emotional impact. This was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, with White actually accomplishing the feat of allowing the reader to feel sympathy for the most vile of characters, and never shying away from the horrors other authors would likely gloss over.
From start to finish, I felt Elliott and Maggie’s pain, their desire to free themselves from it, in different ways. The abuse, the sickening things that happened – all of it made me feel so emotionally invested in these two and the path of revenge that I actually felt a grim, sick, cathartic satisfaction when it ended and my pulse rate could return itself to normal. Nothing was missing here, and man did the emotional pain in these pages pay off at the end.
White’s writing itself has improved immensely over the past few years, being now almost poetic in its lyricism. The words really sink into the brain, rolling across the tongue like a thing of wonder, with harrowing descriptions of pain and loss being a sickening punch to the gut.
This was hard-hitting, often disturbing, always incredible. A firm favourite of 2017.