For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone-spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of-that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out-for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
Although, there are some downfalls to this book. It is a slow book. By slow, I mean that the plot is slow getting to the good part. And just like most books like this one, after the really good part, there’s not too much after that. I felt like I waited for a long time for something that could have happened earlier in the book.
It is a great book though. I definitely see myself reading more of her books in the near future. If you want an emotional book that will tug at your emotions, grab this one. It didn’t make me cry, but it did make me feel.