Hush. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hush by Anne Malcom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

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.

Hush

Craziest Surprise Ending Ever!

This was an odd duck! I thought for certain it was going to be one type of book and at the last minute it threw me for a loop. I really liked the storyline about this girl, Orion Darby, who was abducted while riding her bike home from her friends house one evening when she was fourteen. Orion had her head in the clouds after being kissed for the first time by her best friends brother. So she didn’t notice the van following her until it was too late.

Orion was raped and put in a basement with two other girls and she didn’t escape until ten years later. She lived through ten years of torture, rape and beatings and came out a different person. The story is about Orion’s struggle to have some sort of existence after living through hell on earth. The police detective that helps her after the ordeal is none other than the boy with whom she had her first kiss before being abducted.

I have read books like this before. One of tells of the struggle to go on after sex trafficking, where the girl even started to have a semblance of a normal life after a lot of therapy and time had passed. I thought this one would be much the same despite the blurb with Orion talking about taking revenge on the men that hurt and used her.

However, this book was a lot different than I expected and takes a much darker turn instead of going for the inspirational ending where everything is just fine. I don’t want to give anything away, but to say that I will give this book 4 stars because though I do like it when a story strays from the predictable, this ending seemed a bit too rushed for me.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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