A Survivor Story
Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.
Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.
Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.
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Anthony is the final book in the Survivor Stories Series by J.P. Barnaby. The first three books were sometimes difficult to read, presenting tales of kidnapping, abuse, and the aftermath of these events, as experienced by the victims as well as their families. However frightening the incidents might be they presented the brutal truths of young men and their families torn apart by violence but ultimately finding relationships and a future. Anthony was only ten years old when his older brother Aaron was kidnapped, tortured, and came home a different person than the brother Anthony loved. Aaron wasn’t the only person changed by the events, however. Their parents were traumatized and focused on Aaron’s care, dismissing the other brothers to sleeping in the basement and pretty much fending for themselves. Anthony saw everything through a child’s eyes and felt abandoned and betrayed by his own family. When he begins self-medicating his depression through drinking and using drugs his parents put him in recovery, another case, in Anthony’s eyes, of trying to get rid of him. At the time of our story, Anthony is 17, almost 18 years old. He attends a party with his supposed best friend and when that so-called friend’s true colors are revealed Anthony is once again crushed and betrayed. He has only one other friend, an online chat friend who invites Anthony to come stay with him in another city. Without giving it much thought, Anthony puts some of his belongings in his car, takes money from his parents’ bedroom, and sets out to meet Jay. When Anthony’s car breaks down it is either the worst thing that could happen to him or the best. I loved the wrap up of this series. This is a much gentler, although not entirely easy, story than the first three books. Anthony takes refuge with another family that is healing from trauma and loss and begins to find hope with Patrick and Bren. Can everyone get a fresh start together or will all of their baggage be too much and tear everyone apart. Can Anthony reunite with his family and start to heal old wounds? So much to cover, so much to love. Ms. Barnaby tells me this may be her final book using this penname. I can only hope she continues to write in some fashion as she has a voice that needs to be heard.