*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
After reading the synopsis, I knew that Let Me Go was not going to be an easy read, and as I write this review I still feel for the main characters, and what they went through.
“As far back as she could remember, the women in her family had been touched by abuse of some kind, always at the hands of a he. It was almost a family tradition – bound by blood, ripped apart by abuse.”
Let Me Go follows teenagers Gabby and Olivia (twins) their younger sister Emma who have spent most of their childhood watching their parents’ volatile relationship. As they get older they find themselves suffering in individual ways from domestic violence, rape, physically, sexual, mental, and emotional abuse.
As each of Gabby, Olivia and Emma’s stories unfolded, my heart went out to them, but some of their choices also frustrated me. They struggled, and the way in which they dealt with trying to break the cycle of abuse and not wanting to be victims was by keeping secrets from each other and blaming themselves. They go through so much, and I was rooting for them, hoping that things would change, and they could get some healing.
A the storyline deals with some difficult subjects it was hard to read at times. My emotions were all over the place while reading it. There were tears; I was frustrated, angry, sad, and anxious. I wanted to hug and protect some characters while wanting to punch and do physical harm to others.
The ‘girl in the box’ chapters really added to the suspense and mystery to the story, and they certainly did grab my attention from the very beginning. While reading the book, I was trying to work out who was in the box, and who put them there. I kept changing my mind, and when all was revealed, I was surprised as it was not what I was expecting.
Overall I enjoyed this book, there were a few parts on the story that could have been developed more if the book had been longer, but that being said it was a good read that hooked me from the start. I loved the meaning behind the dragonfly tattoos. L.L Akers debut book was a well-written and emotional book that deals with the effects of abuse.
I’m looking forward to reading Captured Again, book 2 of the Let Me Go series from the teaser you get at the end of this book I think that L.L Akers is going to take me on another emotional rollercoaster.
L.L. Akers is originally from the Midwest where she grew up climbing trees, haystacks, and haylofts—escaping into other worlds with a good book. She enjoyed playing cow-pattie hopscotch and outrun-the-bull with her siblings.
She now lives in the South, the silly wife of a serious man, and mother of: one very gifted and fetching male-tween, a chubby beagle that looks astonishingly like a mini-cow, a deranged terrier as well as five Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards, and dozens of obnoxiously loud serenading frogs.
After a career in human resources, she now pursues life as a recluse writer; hanging out at home in her PJ’s with her iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and her posse of creatures. Regardless of her self-isolation, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries.
Let Me Go is her first novel, and book 1 of the Let Me Go Series – each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhangers.
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