Don’t put yourself on the grid. No credit cards, new name, new city. Few friends, no family. Connections of any kind are a risk.
Five years ago Mae left Justin in Orlando. Never again will she cower, wondering who he'll hurt next. She's done letting him punish her.
Now she has real friends, people she cares about, a life worth living. After years of relative peace she's gotten complacent, relaxed her guard. Somehow, he's found her.
There’s nowhere you can go.
Mae can no longer cling to her safe obscurity if she's going to survive.
Once she could have run and been certain Justin would leave those she loved alone. But he's changed. Justin is the whisper in the dark, a shadow on the street, the phantom no one sees.
You are mine. I will never stop.
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I'm not really a thriller reader or a romance reader, or for that matter, a novella reader, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the book. I like my books long. However, I read it all in one sitting--ignoring all looming deadlines and responsibilities--because I had to know what happened. The length was exactly right, which is not something I can say about most novellas. Usually they feel like the author got tired of writing the book, but this was not the case here. The book was exactly as long as it needed to be. In fact, everything was just exactly what it needed to be. It was a perfectly crafted book. I was amazed that characters could feel so complete and deep in a shorter book, but each one had a distinct voice and clearly defined personality and history. The pacing was perfect--not so fast and scary I had to stop for a break in order to cope, not so slow I got bored. Mae has become very good at hiding from her former abusive boyfriend. She uses an assumed name, gets paid in cash, and does nothing that leaves a trail. Somehow, though, Justin has found her and now he's added intense mental illness to his abuse. He moves into her apartment, threatening to harm her mother if she objects. He then begins to systematically attack her friends as a means of gaining control over her. Added to all of this, Mae has to cope with a friend's anger over her unexpected exploration of the world of faith and the possibility of a new romance that is not exactly blooming under the best of circumstances. Mae is not one to stand by while her carefully crafted world falls apart, but how can she protect herself without destroying everyone she loves?
This is a great story for anyone who has encountered an abusive relationship, or for anyone who enjoys a story of Courage and true friendship!!! Lauren Ritz did an amazing job with the characters and the storyline in this fantastic book!!!
I picked this book on impulse, and I'm glad I did. It starts out with a bang and just gets better from there. Justin's psychology and the way Mae responded to him were true to life. I would almost think the author knew someone like this or had been in this situation. I was surprised at the religious aspect, but it fit perfectly with the tone of the book and just added to what I already felt was a great read. It's really short, but I think stretching it out would just have ruined it. I'm really looking forward to the next book by this author. Thanks, Lauren!
I'm a sucker for a good thriller, so I was excited to have the chance to read this book. It started out with a bang and had me thinking about it whenever I had to put it down and do something else—like feed my kids lunch—and I couldn't wait to get back to it. Crazy, right? It was great! Justin was the perfect bad guy who makes your skin crawl. From the first moment you meet him, you want Mae to run away as fast as she can. Mae was one tough girl who had learned to stick up for herself and after starting a new life to get away from Justin, she starts forgetting to be careful. Keli, Mae's best friend, owns a bookstore that I would have just loved to browse through. She's a great friend to Mae and is always watching out for her. Lauren brought in a twist with adding religion that I wasn't expecting but I like how she did it. There are times when adding it can fall a little flat but she did a fantastic job. This is a great book for those that love thrillers.