Published by Simon and Schuster UK on May 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: From Author
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<p>When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.</p>
<p>Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.</p>
<p>When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.</p>
I was immediately hooked with this premise. I mean, two characters on the run for their lives after a massacre from which they escaped? Sounds heart-pounding, right? And believe me it is right from the get-go!
Liva is a witness to a murder, but not just any random murder but one of a family whom she was staying with while her father was out of the country with work. As she is giving her statement at the police station, it becomes under attack and she manages to escape with Jay, a boy being booked on grand theft auto charges. And this is just the very beginning! I am a huge fan of cop dramas on television and I felt like that was what I was reading. Everything was detailed and exciting. I was immediately hooked and anxious to find out what was going on, especially when it starts to look like Liva herself was the intended target of all of this. Forced on the run with seemingly no one to trust, Liva strikes up an unlikely comradery with Jay. Both had some preconceived notions about each other but once those were stripped away their connection sizzled! Jay had this real bad boy vibe, snark and all, but with heart-warming sincerity. Liva had a tendency to bottle up her feelings and blame herself for things she could not control. And as they put the pieces together of what was happening and how to get themselves out the mess they were both in, we really get to see both these two let go and open up about their lives.
I honestly had a blast reading this! It was exciting, action packed, and well-paced with characters to root for! The mystery to solve kept me guessing, adding to my enjoyment, making it hard to put it down when I so needed answers. I also appreciated the involvement and awareness of human trafficking in the storyline, a very real problem that doesn’t get as much press and acknowledgement that it should; reminding me of another book I hold dear, Sempre by J.M. Darhower. I would absolutely recommend this book and I look forward to checking out more of this author’s work! (In fact I am currently reading Come Back to Me by Mila Gray, a New Adult novel under Sarah Alderson’s pen name)
“You have to let go of this idea that we’re in control of life. We’re not.”