Author: Ryan K. Howard
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 401
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
A disturbing and inspirational story that tugs at your heart-strings and will keep you reading to the harrowing ending.
*Vile villains *Incredible story *Perfect pace
*Unpleasant theme in plot
“Beautiful bird, spread your wings and fly at last.” Ben Wilder has suffered through a textbook abusive childhood. His good-natured mother is addicted to alcohol, his step brother is a bully, and his step father rules his house with an iron fist…literally. However, when Ben witnesses an unspeakable act his stepfather and his stepfather’s friend Wade commit he finally gets the courage to run away from the destructive world he’s known his whole life. He eventually finds happiness through a kind pawnbroker, a satisfying career, and his pregnant wife. But Ben soon discovers that he can’t run away from his past and must face it head on to save the life of his wife and their unborn child.
This is by far, without a doubt, no questions asked, an incredible book. I could have easily consumed this book in a day if all those pesky disturbances known as life didn’t distract me. But every free moment I could get was spent trying to finish this book. The villains are so sickening and evil that you immediately cleave to poor, innocent Ben and root for him in his life long battle to overcome these human demons. Even though the big shocker of the book smacks you in the face right in the beginning, the author still includes the villains in the story as we watch Ben grow up away from their vile influence. Ben’s story turns out to be pretty interesting in and of itself, but it’s nice that we don’t really stray away from what hooked us into this story in the first place. Bottom line, from page one to page four hundred and one this author has crafted both a crazy evil and touching story in one book that I don’t want to spoil in the least for you.
The only thing that might irk some readers is the content of the book. What Jessup and his friend Wade do is unforgivable and rough to read. It’s depressing, dark, and disturbing and that can be a bit much for some readers. I’m not one of those readers and I had no problem with this, but I thought this was worth noting. I even applaud the author for writing the story in a way where the content does not come off as vulgar and it actually feels believable. With the things that you see on the news these days, you can easily imagine this happening in real life.
I strongly urge you to pick up this book. It knocked my socks off and I want this author to take off because I want to read more from this guy! You will experience a roller coaster of emotions from this story. I’m so impressed with how much this story surprised me and I can’t gush about it enough….so I’ll stop now because I think I’ve made it clear; you need to read this book.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.