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They were taken.
Off the street. From parking lots. Malls. Playgrounds.
Snatched from life and thrust into hell.
They took Orion Darby on a perfect summer day, while she could still taste her first kiss on her lips.
She joined the others with chains on their ankles and scars on their souls.
They turned into nothing more than statistics. Cold cases. Lost girls.
Years passed and the world forgot.
Until the day they escaped.
This is not about their captivity.
This is about their struggle to return to a life that's passed them by.
This was the real world.
But for Orion, this was hell.
You see... freedom isn't enough.
She needs blood.
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Hush by Anne Malcom & B.T. Urruela is a stand-alone, psychological thriller, and is the story of three girls who were stolen from their lives and what happens when they finally escape.
“Surely if there was a God, he would’ve saved girls like her.”
Orion Darby’s life was never a good one but the two people she could always rely on were her best friend April Novak and April’s brother, Maddox, the boy who had a piece of Orion’s young heart. At 14, coming off the high of her first kiss, it would be her last moment of happiness for 10 long years. On her bike ride home, she is kidnapped, her innocence stolen, and her life becomes a world of darkness and pain. Trapped in The Cell, she and the other girls like her suffer unimaginable pain, until they finally escape and now have to acclimate to a world that has continued going on, while their worlds stood still.
“I’m not the heroine, Maddox, I’m the villain, you just don’t see it yet.”
Told in a third person POV, the story revolves around Orion, Shelby and Jaclyn, their new reality and the very different paths they each take. Orion’s pain leads her down a road to obtain vengeance on the evil that tried to destroy them. But her life isn’t the only one drastically changed. Her best friend April tries to insert herself back in to Orion’s life, determined to not lose her again. Maddox, upon April’s disappearance, became a police officer and tries to be Orion’s friend, no matter how hard she tries to push them both away. And while she allows them both to slowly come in to her life, this does not stop her from needing justice.
The book is gripping and heart wrenching in so many ways. Stories like these are hard to read but very real and victims of these acts go thru so much more than just the event itself. Life after such tragedy is not flowers and roses and HEA’s and the story does a great job of giving the different sides of what happens. PTSD, self harm, suicide, and drug abuse are all roads that these real life stories take, so Orion’s path of vengeance is different but not unexpected. The whole book is an emotional roller coaster and the writing style was absolutely stellar. If you’re looking for a book that will stay with you, this is definitely it.