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Lydia Kelly grew up in Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband. She attributes much of her creative inspiration to her friends and family who have supported her every venture. Screaming in the Silence is her first novel. She is currently working on a series of young adults books.
on Nov. 03, 2011 :
3.5 to 4 stars...(but mostly 4 stars)
This is one of those books that left me confused and with conflicting emotions. In a good way? Yes and no.
The topics are very difficult to diggest. Murder, kidnapping and rape are difficult things to write about and the author is not sugar coating them.The book is very upfront and easy to read. The thing is, I've read a couple "non-consentual" books and this one felt a little different, why? Because the other books where "non-con" and this one was NON-CON. Raleigh REALLY didn't want the sexual act to take place and from there, maybe it was the Stockholm Syndrome taking over, she develops feelings towards Kaden, one of her captors.
I remember when I read Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, I kept thinking, How could I have ended up sympathizing with these sittuations?? While reading Screaming in the Silence I didn't think I would sympathize again with such a sittuation, until Kaden did the right thing. The moment I thought 'Oh I hope he comes out of this ok.', that's when I realized I had once again been tricked by the writter. And damn if I wasn't rooting for them until the end!(I know, I'm very moraly tormented by this.)
I do think what Kaden did was wrong. It was rape for Godness sake!
It boggles my mind when a writer can, maybe not change our mind, but blurr the line between what's right and wrong. I will definetly be checking out more works by this writter.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 14, 2011 :
its OK but just don't expect a happy ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)