Summary (from Goodreads):
“The choice between life and death should be an easy one. However, the life that I had been given—the life I’m being asked to go back to—makes death seem like a welcome reprieve.
Before I turned eight, my mother sold me. The man who bought me trained me for the life he expected me to live. For more than ten years I was held captive, beaten, tortured—shattered. There was one person who cared about me, and that gave me the strength to hold on to the small part of me that still existed. I finally escaped, only to learn that the hold of my past was stronger than the pull of my future.
Now he’s captured me again, and he’s given me a choice—life with him, or death.
I have 24 hours to decide.”
I was so excited to get to read this book. I absolutely loved her first book (Kingston’s Project) and this sounded amazing. And it is, but it’s also really, really different.
This book is an absolutely harrowing, brutal experience. It’s never gratuitous but bad things happen and we know about it. The early chapters, where we experience things from a young Angel’s perspective, reminded me of Room. We are only told what Angel knows, and she doesn’t know much. But since you’ll be reading this from a grownup’s perspective, you will understand things she doesn’t.
It’s not like either choice was particularly great, and I went back and forth about which would be the best choice for Angel to make. (To quote Stephen Hawking, where there’s life, there’s hope, and I was hoping that she’d choose life just so she could wait for an opportunity to escape again…but then, too, is it really better to be alive if THAT is the life you have? No, probably not.)
I will say that we do know for a fact which choice she makes. It isn’t an ending where the reader can interpret it either way.
This is an amazing book, but be prepared to cry several times.