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“His lips move against my hair. “I’m sorry, Senna.”
I tremble. He’s sorry? Him? “For what?” There is a million year pause.
“I couldn’t save you this time.”
I cry into his chest. Not because he couldn’t. Because he wanted to.”
How strong is your resolve? How long would it take before you broke? How deep is your denial? How often do you look inward? Actually look inward to see the selfishness and ugliness that lives within?
My heart is actually aching as I finish this book.
This is the story of a wickedly smart writer who guards her heart and never allows feeling to the point of removing color from her world.
Senna lives in her cold sterile world and likes it. She clings to her anger. She prefers rain and cold and bitterness. She is a daughter of winter.
Isaac is a healer. He nurtures and protects. He is warmth and kindness. He is light.
“Isaac is touch, and he is sound. He is smell and he is sight. I tried to make him a single sense like I did with everyone else, but he is all of them. He overpowers my senses and that is exactly why I ran from him. I was afraid of feeling brightly—afraid I would become used to the color and sounds and smells, and they would be taken from me. I was a self-fulfilling prophecy; destroying before I could be destroyed. I wrote about women like that, I didn’t realize I was one.”
When the unthinkable occurs to Senna, it is Isaac who appears, time and again, but why? What is binding them? Or who?
Senna and Isaac have choices to make. They must choose whether or not to trust. Trust each other and themselves. They must choose whether or not to live. They must choose whether or not to fight; to solve the riddles surrounding them. And to fight, trust, live and solve, they will have to face the truths surrounding them, hanging in air. These truths that have been there long before they were ever trapped in that house. Will they have the courage to honestly face the real reason why they were paired together in that house? Will they be able to depend on each other to survive if they cannot be honest with one another?
Being abducted was the easy part.
Was this a mystery? Suspense/thriller? Drama? Romance? Yes, it was all of the above. My heart pounded throughout the read. I feared for their lives, I feared for their hearts, and I feared for their souls. I was deeply touched as they reached moments of revelation and I was angered and frustrated by for them as they grew weary by their situation. I grew hopeful and tired as I tried and failed to piece together the puzzle of their connection and I was liberated as I discovered how it all finally came together and was wonderfully content with the ending… though exhausted by the emotional ride of it all.
“You’ve been silent your whole life. You were silent when we met, silent when you suffered. Silent when life kept hitting you. I was like that too, a little. But not like you. You are a stillness. And I tried to move you. It didn’t work. But that doesn’t mean you didn’t move me. I heard everything you didn’t say. I heard it so loudly that I couldn’t shut it off. Your silence, Senna, I hear it so loudly.”
The writing was brilliant. It was all from Senna’s POV and that was perfect. It was her story to tell. It started in present day and traveled back when it needed to. I found the sequence of events to flow perfectly, offering hints of information as the story moved along.
The last 10% of this book left me breathless. It was beautiful. So beautiful. It was soulful. It brought a tear to my eye as I acknowledged the reality and truth in how this story came to an end.
Tarryn Fisher has gone to the top of my go-to author list. Her writing style is edgy and all consuming. Each if her books I have read from cover to cover in one sitting.
I give this book 6 stars and pair it with Wild Turkey because sometimes you just need the strong stuff.
When a person in a book is abducted and it is the least significant part of the story, you have one hell of a book on your hands.
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