The beginning of this book grabs you. You’re held and immersed in the gut-wrenching story of Darlene, a drug addict since the horrible death of her husband. She’s also the mom of 11-year-old Eddie. Things get even worse (if that’s possible) when Darlene deserts Eddie to hop into a van at the promise of a great job, which turns out to be modern-day slavery at an isolated farm. The writing is strong, emotional, and inventive. I loved the introduction of one of the main characters—I won’t give it away.—and the temporary confusion it caused. I believe I was supposed to have more sympathy for Darlene, but her horrible parenting pre-empted that.
Gwenamon says: Yes!