Elizabeth H.

“I love this book. It’s beautifully written in a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the author’s kitchen, listening to it being told, and the story that unfolds goes deeper than I’d expected from reading the blurb or looking at the cover. All of the characters are beautifully word-painted, and I didn’t want to put it down because how the author wrote those kids makes you care for them from the first chapters on, where Bo and his traumatized younger brother, Dack, make their escape from their abusive uncle and head off into the mountains to find freedom from what they’ve endured at Merle’s hands, one paycheck in Bo’s pocket, and the clothes on their backs. The story inside the story makes you think – the central theme at the beginning is how three children fare at the hands of a guardian who drinks and does drugs, and how the rest of the world manages to look away, and what effect this has on the youngest child. It’s a very real-life phenomena, something that does actually go on in the real world, not just in fictitious novels, and that, alone, sends chills down your spine and makes you become involved. Very recommendable read.”