What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?
My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.
And it’s all my fault.
Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.
I was wrong.
But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.
Back when I would sing the snakes calm …
This is an emotionally charged novel about a young woman finding her voice in the midst of overwhelming painful experiences. Melody's story is heartbreaking. I can see where Melody decided to no longer speak as every time she did speak out, something worse would happen. Gardner did a good job of providing support characters to help Melody work through her past trauma from being in the foster care system.
The way Gardner developed the story was unusual. While the time slip technique is common, the use of music and lyrics was unique. Young adults who realize the power of song will identify with Melody and the solace she finds in it.
Potential readers must be warned that there are several trigger situations in this novel. Anyone who has been sexually abused may find this novel very difficult to read. I do wish the author had merely alluded to abuse scenes and not been so explicit in her accounts.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 1944109366 (ISBN13: 9781944109363)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution (most recently the recipient of a 2018 Nautilus Book Award) and The Journal of Angela Ashby. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.
Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore.
Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go.
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