My Rating: 4***~No one will miss The little girl lost~ Stars
Title: The Missing Volume I - Illusions
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Genre: Psychological/ThrillersSeries: Book 1 of 3
POV: First Person
“My brain was working in overdrive. Things weren’t making sense. Reality and fantasy were smashing together with the force of a freight train.” Nora
Nora Gilbert, a 20 year old girl; was born with a facial defect. A slight limp and scarring about her lip after her mother made her have surgery, but it was still there. Her mother made sure to remind her how ugly she was every day. She grew up feeling ugly, sad, depressed and not loved by either of her parents; she was insecure and shy. The awful mother hide her at times, she would lock her up in her room for days even. All this time her father would be out of town and ignored this when he was home. He tried to be a good father for her but failed miserably. He was never around always working and one day he never returned, her mother had said he had died so now she was completely alone. Her parents had adopted another girl “Rosie”, and she thought she would have a friend in her. However, Rosie was mean and evil just like her mother.
“At least I can bear to look at you now.”Mother…“Her words were knives. Sharp and deadly. Straight to my gut. Buried deep where the wounds wouldn’t show.” Nora
Nora was so alone except for one person, her neighborBradley Somers,. They become friends at an early age, he saw what her mother did to her and he was angry he wanted to help her get out of that life. Nora and Bradley’s relationship was different. He was possessive of her and in a weird way I liked it, knowing she at least has someone who truly cared for her. However, he was also a bit creepy at times. Nora meets a new girl at the community college she was attending part time; she instantly liked her. Her name was Maren Digby, she had just moved to their town in Kansas and was going to the same school as Nora. However, Bradley did not approved of Maren or anyone. He did not trust people’s intentions and did not want Nora to suffer more than she already has.
”I was used to Bradley and his constantly fluctuating moods. Up and down. Like a roller coaster. He could make you smile and laugh, and in the next breath, make you cry and scream. He could be amazing. He could be the most terrifying thing in the world.” Nora
I loved how he would come to her bedroom at night especially on ”THURSDAYS” oh, what an awful day that was. I cried and I was mad and I just couldn’t understand what a monster of a mother would make her daughter go thru that. Basically her mother would take her to see the priest on Thursdays and do a purgatory for her sins because they believed she was an evil thing, a freaking “THING” because of the way she was born. She endured and tended to her damaged back each week after week and Bradley was always there for support. He hated to see that, he wanted to save her and I loved him for that.
The story goes back and forth to the present and past. The present is where Nora is trapped in a room by herself in the dark with no recollection of who took her there or why. She has flashbacks to her life and tries so hard to find out what happened to her. This books is full of angst, suspense, is so twisted in a way because I am still trying to guess the mystery of who took her and why she is trapped alone in the dark. Her glasses were lost and she can’t see without them. The author really has this way of writing that gets so engaged in the story, as I’m reading I’m trying to find clues of what could have happened but it’s just so hard. I suspect it could of being the evil mother, or the evil sister, perhaps her new friend that we don’t know much about other that she loves to play the guitar and loved the song’s Nora would write. However, as I get to the ending I need book two because I need to know who she sees at the end. She is not alone on this misery and I am so intrigued I am going mad. I guess I will have to continue the series to find out this mystery.
*****WARNING: for all my romance loving friends; this is NOT a romance. Please remember that when you pick this up this book to read. It is a three part psychological thriller series!*****
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”ARC kindly provided to me via author, in exchange for an honest review.”
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