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demons that still reside in it. She has tried to hide her pain with
booze and mindless sex, never letting anyone close.
calls Emily for help, Emily knows she can’t say no. Paige’s
daughter Casey had been kidnapped and held for days in a foreign
land. Paige knows the only person who could understand what Casey is
going through would be Emily.
ways than one. Besides trying to help Casey work through her trauma,
Emily discovers someone remembers more about her past than anyone
else in town, and that someone is eager to pick up where they left
off.’In order for Emily to survive, she will have to confront her
own demons, the ones in her mind and the real ones waiting to finish
the job they started years before.
thoroughly compelling work of fiction.”
“How do you know when you’re
not a victim anymore, when you’re suddenly a survivor?”
Emily lay back on the grass and stared at the evening sky.
“Have you ever been pulled out to sea by a rip current?”
She asked Casey.
Casey shook her head.
“One second you’re just swimming around having fun and
the next second a wave dumps you under and a violent
current grabs you and tosses you around until you don’t
know which direction the surface is.
You kick and you thrash, but you only seem to get more and
more disorientated and you can’t breathe and you’re
Then you finally break the surface and take in a lungful of
air and you become a survivor, and everyone thinks you’ve
done it, that everything’s going to be okay now. But you
haven’t. You’re still in the sea, desperately trying to stay
afloat, the shore never quite within reach. Sometimes the
undertow pulls you back under, and even when the water’s
calmer, you’re having to kick and swim non-stop just to
breathe. The water’s still all around you, threatening to
swallow you back in and take you under. Survival is just
about trying to breathe. It’s not living, it’s just being alive
and there’s a difference.”
the age of seven and considers parenting to be the greatest adventure
of her life. She lives in the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland,
where she works full-time and writes in the middle of the night.
After reading every book she owned or could borrow, she began writing
her own stories.
inspire her writing and give her valuable insight into the painful
world of addiction. She completely understands the need to start life
anew and the consequences such a decision triggers.
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