Published by Self-Published on 3/22/16
Genres: Romance, Suspense
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.
“You always had a way of taking the ground right out from beneath me.”
I’m an admitted chicken. I don’t typically do the “dark” reads. I just mentally can’t. I absorb them too much, experience them too deeply. I usually feel myself slip into a sort of depression and it’s just mentally exhausting. So I tend to stick with the lighter stuff. When my friend raved about this book and roughly explained to me the premise, I just had to read it and find out what happens. I’m so glad that I did.
“I’ll never finish falling in love with you.”
This book is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. It’s a tragedy, it’s a second chance romance, it’s a second chance at life.
Jade is an incredibly interesting character. As a seventeen-year-old girl, she’s very relatable. She’s head over heels in love with Torrin in a way that I remember being in love at seventeen. It has an intensity and desperate quality unlike being in love in any other stage of life. I was very easily able to put myself in her shoes. I think that makes what happened to her all the more earth shattering.
What she goes through is something that I can’t even fathom. I have no frame of reference for how to deal with it or even survive it, much less heal from it. You go through a full range of emotions and struggles with her as she tries to discover her way in life and move on.
Collared is written in such a way that you get a full understanding of what she was subjected to without the gory details that will haunt you, which I really appreciated. It wasn’t ever difficult to read, just emotional. And amazingly, in the midst of all of the grief and turmoil, there’s an incredibly romantic story woven in. Jade’s past is so dark, ugly, and jagged but this one piece of her life is beautiful and delicate and light. It’s an enrapturing contrast.
I was completely enthralled in this book from the beginning and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s so different from anything else out there. I was in desperate need of something unique and this book delivered. Don’t be afraid to read it because of the subject matter like I was. Take a chance and I promise you won’t be able to put it down.