Oakley doesn’t speak through sheer willpower because if she does it will destroy her family. Cole, her best friend since they were toddlers, is one of the only people to accept her as she is. Their friendship slowly evolves into something more but Oakley isn’t sure she can, or should, allow those feelings to develop.
It is pretty obvious from the very beginning that a traumatic event led to Oakley’s silence, and most readers will be able to guess it is because of <spoiler> sexual abuse </spoiler> but the details behind it are a shocker.
It needs editing (hence the four stars), but it is a tale that handles this delicate subject with sensitivity.
I’ve already marked the next book as to read.
About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch
I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing.
The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast.
My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banished-ebook/dp/B008PGM4TQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361913026&sr=8-1.
If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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