Book Review of “Aftermath” by Clara Kensie
Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free. (From Amazon)
Thanks to http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/Galleys.aspx?group=galleys Author Clara Kensie and her publicist for allowing me to read this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t rate very many books a 5. But this is one of the very select few that I will. I got approved to read this ARC this morning. I just finished it,15 minutes ago. I feel like I should mention, this will be a trigger book, if you have sensitivities to things such as rape, molestation, violence, this book may not be for you. I will add, Clara wrote it in the most tasteful way possible.
This book is raw, and full of emotions, while reading it, my heart was hurting and I felt a heaviness creeping up inside of my thoughts, that will be very hard to shake. I know that sounds like the makings of a terrible book. But this is anything but that.
This book is exactly how I imagine a family would feel if this were to happen to their child. The heart wrenching way this family fell apart, while Charlotte dreamed of her perfect family, Never imagining that things were not so perfect, all while hoping of one day reuniting with them. The spot on emotions when Charlotte gets home, and realizes that nothing is at it seems, and sort of feels like a prisoner all over again. While the glimpse into “Stockholm Syndrome” and how each member of her family suffers, from the evil deeds of one man, and what an impact it makes on all of them
Oh my goodness, the gut punching plot twists in this book, will break your heart. This book is powerful and beautifully written. I really have no other way to describe it. This book releases November 1st, 2016. You can pre-order it now, and if you do not want to wait, you can apply for an ARC at the link posted above.