A young woman finds herself in a town with a sinister plan. A plan that’s been made long before she was born. When she meets the man behind the plan, she comes face-to-face with her dark fate. A deal is made and the horror begins.
After newly graduated Daisy Lock visits her aunt and uncle in a small, hidden town of Illinois, she’s coaxed into doing a favor. Daisy soon learns this town celebrates 21st birthdays like no other towns; they come with a dark price. When meeting Christian Stone, she encounters a man of many mysteries, more worldly than most young men his age. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to him, discovering desires she never knew existed and a connection that’s been sewn since childhood.
Christian is tormented by decisions he must make and pleasing his father. He wants to protect Daisy not only from this town’s true leader, but from himself. An evil presence lurks in the shadow of the town, in the disguise of a man behind a plan that’s been made long before Daisy was born.
On a mission to seek the truth, she encounters a shocking past with the darkest of conspiracies revealed.
Nancy Glynn has a fantastically creative mind and is clearly not afraid to touch on some really dark and disturbing topics. In fact, that is the primary reason I enjoyed this book so much. Though it’s a bit too much on the romance side for my taste, those dark moments and the things Daisy and Christian have to overcome really draw you in. The author is not afraid to have violence, manipulation, sex, and drama in her tales and that is great, because some authors focus too much on the need for everything to be picture perfect. It’s the imperfect moments that make this tale interesting and help to add definition and depth to the characters and the story as a whole.
I had posted this snippet for my What Are You Reading Wednesdays meme:
Daisy watched in horror as they hanged Dane from an old Oak tree over a bonfire, his feet stable on a wooden stool, in the center of devil worshipers enjoying the view. Something told her that tree lynched many people in its time.
His begging cries speared her soul. She ran to the front of everyone cheering. Christian grabbed her to hold her back. “You lied to me!” she screamed at Jack. “You said no one would die!”
This was a powerful snippet and since I wasn’t going to start the book until that afternoon, I found myself itching to find out what the heck was going on. I thought I would be disturbed by the idea of someone being lynched in front of a crowd, but the truth is as you delve into this book, you’ll discover things aren’t what they seem and maybe things aren’t as good and bad as they appear.
The world that is created is one that I despised. Not because of anything wrong the author did, but because of everything right she did. The world Daisy lives in, is a world I would not want to live in. I would despise every second of it and since I’m not much for conformity, I would probably lose my life because of it.
I only had two complaints about the book: Daisy and Christian, and some of the religious aspects.
I’ve been fairly clear about not being a huge fan of romance books and I’ll admit, the two main characters falling in love so quickly was a bit much for my taste. Especially when Daisy believed she was only going to be Christian date for his birthday ball. For someone like me, who’s a bit jaded with romance, I just wish Daisy hadn’t fallen so easily. I did not feel any trust towards Christian and I wish she would have questioned his intentions more than she did. I also felt it was childish of her to constantly proclaim he didn’t love her, etc., when it was pretty evident he was trying to protect her from Jack. But then again, young women can be overly dramatic when it comes to guys, so this seems to hit the mark pretty accurately in the realism department.
I am not against religion in any form or fashion. My qualms with this aspect fall more in the need to make it such a force of light as opposed to Jack’s force of darkness. If there had been even a sliver of lightness to Jack, the story would have been that much better. It would have made him come off as a more defined character and really would have squashed my qualms about this subject.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from Nancy. So I hope some of you will check it out for yourself and see what you’re missing out on!
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