Coming of age is never easy, but for Ember Mae Roberts and her twin sister, Lorrie Beth, it may boil down to a matter of life or death. Growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1950’s presents unique challenges for any child, but for talented young Ember Mae, it means bearing the burdens of an adult, as she quickly learns her expected role is that of her sister’s keeper.
When a schoolyard bully sets his brutal sights on a fragile Lorrie Beth, Ember Mae jumps to her defense. Terror abounds at every turn as the tormenting escalates. What begins as a normal rite of passage for children since the beginning of time ends in a final tragic confrontation that leaves Lorrie Beth shattered. Both sisters make a pact to keep a deadly secret in order to heal, but Lorrie Beth has always been weak. Ember Mae fears she’ll crack under the strain and bring their world crashing down around them. What Ember Mae doesn’t realize is that she and Lorrie Beth aren’t the only ones keeping a secret. There are other secrets waiting to spill out, secrets so vile that when the full force of their evil is unleashed, it’s anybody’s guess who will survive.
I have to admit that it did take me a few pages to really feel pulled into this book. Thankfully, I didn’t put it down. Once I got pulled in, it was like quicksand! I just couldn’t come out until I was done.
This author’s style makes it so you feel like you are right there in West Virginia alongside of Ember Mae and Lorrie Beth. You can’t help but feel their fear, anger, sorrow, and remorse.
This book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.