Friday, 27 July 2012
What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it.
With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.
My Rating : 4 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : What She Left Behind is one of the most terrific realistic fictions that blew me up. The book is a mirror to reality that reflects the daily drama of domestic violence. Sara and her mom, wants to escape from Sara’s abusive father, so they made a plan of running away. When her mom didn’t show up according to the plan as expected, Sara was terrified. Her father told her, her mom left town for some business purpose Sara knew her father has something to do with her mother’s disappearance. Sara was scared with the growing madness and violence in her father but she must find out what happened to her mother before it’s too late for both of them.
The story has a dark sense and the author was successful in creating that fear in readers’ mind. What She Left behind follows Sara’s fear, and her battle against her own fear. I felt completely sympathized with Sara, and the situations she dealt with, mental illness of her father, death of her brother and disappearance of her mother. What She Left Behind is entirely focused on parental abuse but I like how the author brought out such sensitive topic without any violence and I appreciate that. Still recovering from the shock of her brother Matt’s death, Sara The book caught Sara on edge of terror, as well as the readers. She and her mother was forced to pretend as if Matt is alive, they lived their live in fear. Sara’s father was not always like this vile, but with growing mental illness, he became controlling and over possessive that turns him into someone one eighty degree opposite to the person he used to be.
The book also feature the love interest Alex, who was like an air to breathe in, Sara got help from both Alex and Zach, her best friend, and also unexpectedly there is no love triangle or insta-love, thank god! Sara was a brave girl indeed, torn between love for her father and rest of the family, she ultimately chose the right, and the climax show’s her strength of overcoming her fear and move on.When her plan of escaping fall apart, she initially freaked out inside but in the end she remained clam and intact.
When I started the book, I couldn’t put it down; I was completely engrossed by the story facing brutal side of reality. I rarely read realistic fiction with issues, but I guaranty What She Left Behind is of the best of its kind.
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