By Anne Malcom & BT Urruela
Release Date: August 11
They were taken.
Off the street. From parking lots. Malls. Playgrounds.
Snatched from life and thrust into hell.
They took Orion Darby on a perfect summer day, while she could still taste her first kiss on her lips.
She joined the others with chains on their ankles and scars on their souls.
They turned into nothing more than statistics. Cold cases. Lost girls.
Years passed and the world forgot.
Until the day they escaped.
This is not about their captivity.
This is about their struggle to return to a life that’s passed them by.
This was the real world.
But for Orion, this was hell.
You see… freedom isn’t enough.
She needs blood.
My ARC Review:
This was my first read by both of these authors, I expected it to be dark and violent, which it was, but I also expected it to be like other books about surviving being abducted and rebuilding your life, but this one has a different take on things, which was good!
The story is based on Orion, a fourteen year old girl who was biking home from spending the day with her best friend and her having her first kiss given to her by her best friend’s brother. She was in a world of her own with her head in the clouds and didn’t see the van until it was too late and she was abducted.
She is raped and thrown into a basement that houses some other girls. She spends the next 10 years of her life in this basement, being raped, abused and tortured, plotting ways to escape. She does eventually get out and the detective working the case is none other than the boy who gave her her first kiss. For years he has searched and wondered what had become of Orion, now he has to help her rebuild her life.
The story then focuses on Orion and the girls who she escaped with and how they go about rebuilding their lives after living through everything that they have and readjusting to ‘normality’.
It if a dark and violent read, beware there may be triggers, but it is also emotional and I was rooting for the girls to get their freedom and for their attackers to be caught. But the outcomes for each of the girls is very different, a stark reality to how we all adjust and cope with what life throws at us.
The ending is not what I expected at all, I saw it playing out differently, so that was a big surprise, but it did feel a little rushed at the end.
Meet Anne Malcom:
Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth. As she grew up, her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular, gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.
Raised in small-town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. Currently living in London, she’s on a whole new adventure.
Connect Anne Malcom:
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Meet BT Urruela:
BT Urruela is a combat wounded amputee, purple heart recipient, contemporary author who has written both independent and traditionally published books. He is a RARE under 40 award recipient, Rockwood Summit High School and Rockwood School District Hall of Fame inductee, Co-founder and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, Ambassador for Tampa Sports Academy, People Magazine Tribute for Heroes winner, Cover Model, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist.
At an early age he began writing short stories having been inspired by reading books authored by RL Stein. His maternal grandmother’s bookshelf was filled with literature that inspired his young mind and cultivated his vivid imagination.
Upon graduation from high school his desire to have a 20-year military career was cut drastically short by an improvised explosive device. Taking the life of his commander, and leaving the remaining four team members badly wounded.
After careful consideration and multiple surgeries, he along with the guidance of his doctors made the decision to amputate. It was the only surgery he ever left with a smile on his face, as if a weight had been lifted. He struggled for two more years through 4-5 hours of physical therapy a day, five days a week to get adapted to his new prosthetic. He medically retired from the Army with high hopes. His focus on restoring his physical shape being the most eminent battle caused him to neglect his psychological state.
Meeting people was difficult and there were very few options for veterans to utilize that would stimulate friendship, and ultimately, allow communication barriers to be breached. After moving to Tampa, Florida, he co-founded the veteran community sports nonprofit, VETSports, with two other combat wounded veterans. It was their mission to change the way veterans transitioned back to civilian life through organized team sports, community involvement, and leadership opportunities.
After being invited to attend a photoshoot with acclaimed photographer Michael Stokes, he flew to California in December of 2014, with incredible excitement. His photos were so widely publicized that he soon gained exposure to the literary world like he’d always dreamed of. That opportunity launched him into his present writing career. He co-wrote the novel ‘A Lover’s Lament with author KL Grayson. The following year he released first solo novel, ‘Into the Nothing’ and will be releasing Wicked Little Words with author Stevie J. Cole. He is now writing full-time.
Connect with BT Urruela:
Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2M347K3