This is a dark read that covers subject matter that some may find offensive, but it is extremely well written and handled so well that I literally could not put this book down! When I first started reading this I was honestly a little apprehensive about reading this book since the entire situation seems a bit off from page one and only gets stranger from there. Keep reading! I am so thankful that I stuck with this story and kept reading as this is honestly one of the best stories I’ve read this entire year!
Petty and her father have lived isolated from the rest of society and live a survivalist lifestyle to the extreme. Petty has been trained by her father rather than raised as most little girls are. She has been trained to be lethal and efficient and has learned never to trust anyone under any circumstances. He has taught her that the world is a dangerous place and even goes to the extreme of locking her in her bedroom each and every night under the guise of keeping her safe. This is the only life Petty has ever known and she has absolutely no idea that her life is far from normal. They live on the outskirts of a small town and are known as the town crazies. Everything goes along fine for Petty until she discovers her father’s dead body in his bed one night and everything goes off the rails from that point for her. The police have to be called in to collect her father’s body and the one friend her father actually had shows up to help Petty take care of the funeral arrangements. He has ulterior motives that are seedy and malicious and I hate him from the second he graces the pages of this story. The things he does to Petty are horrible and I found myself truly wishing for bad things to happen to this disgusting excuse for a man the entire book!
My heart broke over and over for Petty for everything she’s gone through and I love her strength and determination to make it through whatever life throws at her. She is a truly inspiring individual and I found myself wanting something good to finally happen for her. Dekker is a local resident of the small town Petty lived in and he gets pulled into her strange and twisted world and taken on this life changing adventure with her. Petty is going through so many journeys simultaneously and manages to hold herself together stoically through it all.. She’s on a mission to find herself, to trace herself back to her roots and to figure out where she fits in this crazy world and I enjoyed every second of reading about it. This is an extremely intense read that grabbed a hold of me from page one and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page! I highly recommend this book to anyone and am so thankful that I got to read this. Books like this don’t come along every day.