Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
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During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she's not going crazy, because after what she's experienced, that's the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.
Unfortunately, rescue isn't all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate's house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she's worked so hard to build.
Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn't know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it's the same voice that she turns to -- a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage.
So let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. The Voice deals with some pretty heavy subject matter. Sometimes I wonder why I read books dealing with certain issues because let’s face it, does any of us really want to read about that?
Of course not. It is one of the most disgusting, deplorable, heinous and downright evil acts that can ever be inflicted on a human being.
But the reason we read about these things happening is because they are real.
Sad but true. I could live in my little world of ignorance and avoid real issues and real emotions but as a reader what would I gain from that?
With that said, the subject matter in The Voice was handled in a very tasteful manner. Yes, I totally cried and certain parts were hard to read but it wasn’t overly descriptive, detailed or glorified in any matter.
The story starts out with Audrey moving across country to live with her Aunt Kate after experiencing the kidnapping and assault that broke her spirit. She is extremely skittish, distrustful and completely closed off. The only solace Audrey has had over the past months has been a voice that has been with her during her terrible ordeal.
Then the voice came, comforting me. He helped me hold myself together, and he gave me hope. He offered companionship that developed into friendship. He made me feel safe.
To escape the notoriety of her ordeal, Audrey assumes a different name and starts going to a different school in order to find a way to move on.
No one here knew me. Including me.
While Audrey is still emotionally and physically reeling from the fallout of her attack, she meet fraternal twins Caleb and Justin. They both assume the role of her bodyguards despite her reluctance.
Caleb is good looking, popular, charming and determined to pull Audrey out of her shell. On the flip side, Justin avoids Audrey at all costs but she feels a connection to him despite her own hang-ups and his indifferent attitude. And while Audrey no longer has the voice to comfort her, she finds herself developing friendships with these brothers.
It was clear Justin wanted nothing to do with me, and that was fine. Caleb, on the other hand, attracted more attention than I could handle, and he acted like he wanted to protect me. Little did he know, it was too late for that.
As her protective walls start crumbling, Audrey learns what it is to be brave, to be strong, to heal, to trust, and most importantly, to survive.
The Voice is equally heartbreaking as it is uplifting. The journey of Audrey from victim to survivor is inspirational. I cried from the pain that she endured, but I also cried from the strength she gained from it.
I recommend this book for anyone that believes that good can overpower evil. That beauty can come from something ugly. And that horrible things happen to wonderful people, but it’s how we live that defines us.