by Tara Sivec
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“All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway
I hear screams in my head.
I see blood on my hands.
When I look in the mirror I see a stranger.
How is it that I can remember bits and pieces of my life, but nothing of any importance and nothing that makes any sense? Everything is twisted and nothing is right. I’m choking with every breath I take, suffocating on the unknown.
Two days ago, everything changed. Two days ago, the people I should trust the most became strangers in my convoluted head. The dreams I have can’t be real. The fleeting memories that whisper through my mind are scary and wrong…they have to be. If they aren’t, I have something much worse to fear than my fractured mind. I need to find out the truth, even if it destroys me.
I've been told my name is Ravenna Duskin. I’m eighteen years old and I live in a prison…
Before I can command my feet to move toward the shape—the safer of the two evils—I hear another sound in the opposite direction and foolishly turn my head. Something heavy and solid crashes against my skull and I feel myself falling. Darkness descends over me one last time, covering my eyes, clogging my ears and stealing the breath from my lungs. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Nothing will ever be good again.
It will all be bad.
** My 5 Star Review **
Let me start off by saying this is NOT a love story. No love story entwined where the two will run off in the sunset holding hands. This is not full of rainbows and unicorns that will make you smile. Not. At. All.
What this story is is a dark thrilling mystery. It is pure torture. From the moment you start to read this book, you will be confused. You will insist on knowing what the heck is happening and why. Be patient young grasshopper, all good things come to those who wait. You will get some answers, you will figure out most of what is going on.... Then, well, then the fun begins.
This story is about a girl who lives in a prison. She has visions or flashbacks of her life that make no sense. Her gut feelings make no sense. Her parents make no sense. Are you noticing a theme here?
I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to figure out the clues on my own. I did figure a few things out, but they didn't make any sense to me, so I knew they were wrong. They couldn't be right because then I would be even more lost. Are you understanding me? Am I making sense?
If you are a dark psychological thriller junkie like me, you are going to love this book. If you are looking for something to torture your soul, definitely read this book. If you are looking for a page-turning, you can't put the book down kind of story, read this one. If you are looking for something to kill all of the unicorns and wipe away all of the rainbows you have recently been reading, read this book. Basically, just read this book.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec. Check out the page for T.E. Sivec for more information.