In the lush redwood coutnry of Humboldt, California, a man and a woman seek shelter from their pasts. He is an ex-L.A. cop whose life was torn apart by guilt and betrayal. She is a woman haunted by a savage attack she never should have survived. Now these two people, strangers connected only by chance, are about to be swept up in a cross-country hunt: for a boy, for the truth, and for freedom from the violence that has claimed both their souls.
Althea Auben is a struggling single mother, holding together the ragged pieces of her life for the sake of her thirteen-year-old son. She lives in the shadow of her past, carrying the scars from the terrible night that left her brutalized, comatose, and pregnant. But David has started to rebel. He no longer believes his mother's lies about his own history. Desperte for a man in his life, he befriends Jack Verrity, who seeks privacy almost as much as Althea. Then, without warning, David disappears.
Battling her paralyzing fears, Althea takes off in pursuit of her vanished son. Jack, feeling long-dormant emotions stir, begins a search of his own. It is a journey that will trust them into a world of privilege and exclusion on Long Island's Gold Coast -- and plung Althea into the fresh terror of a long-ago summer night....
From the shatterig violence of the first scene to the electrifying climax, Darian North weaves a compulsively readable tale that plunges us int the darkest tunnels of human fear -- and into a desparate struggle to reclaim the light.
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The Past: Chapter One
She fought him, pleading and screaming when her mouth was uncovered, scratching when she could and even biting. Terror had stripped away seventeen years of music lessons and manners, scoured away the cultured layers of female behavior, and seared away eons of human civilization, paring her down to one basic need -- survival. But the pain eclipsed even that. It howled in her head, banging and clawing at her skull from the inside so that instinct failed, reducing the primitive signals in her brain to neural electrical storms.
Now and then a wisp of thought drifted in.
Is it over? Is he gone?
But the thoughts were almost without meaning because her brain could neither analyze nor record them.
Am I dying?
Consciousness slipped. Then she was aware of movement and fresh explosions of pain as she was carried outside and laid on the ground. Her cheek brushed remnants of bone and fur where feral dogs had torn apart a rabbit some weeks earlier. She smelled soil, grass and dry weeds, the faint musk of decay. Her eyes were open to the moonless sky, and the penetrating darkness made her shiver. Pinpricks of light stared down at her. The earth soaked up her blood. And her last flash of reason was a dawning of recognition, an acceptance. She was alone. Like the rabbit.
Copyright: 1998, Darian North. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once I started, I could not put it down. It's thrilling and suspenseful. North delves carefully into the human psyche. The characters, even the minor ones, are dimensional and believable. The relationships are portrayed with sensitivity to character backgrounds. Highly recommended.
Taut, terrifying, and brilliant. Horrifically detailed. Relationships are beutifully defined in this wonderfuly thrilling page-turner. Between men and women, Jack and Thea, Thea and David, and these characters and the rest of the world. Ms. North really makes you feel for all of the characters. Thea's struggle with the trauma resulting from a rape that nearly cost her her life, Jack's fealings of detachment, and Davids loneliness. I would recommend this book for anyone who feels unconcerned with 'electronic relationships'. Or anyone looking for a story that will keep them guessing. Whether plumbing the depths of the human spirit or looking for a good thrill, read this book!
I believed that the book in a way would be a drag. Once i started reading it, it was an edger. The book kept you interested, dieing to see what was going on next. I would recommend this book to teens.