Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley
Published Date: June 2013
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction
The Story: We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?
Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.
Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found.
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.
My Review: Grab the tissues. This story is both heart wrenching and happy at the same time. As I started reading it, I felt sorry for Megan. She had some horrible things happen to her. But then she was able to get out of that situation and found a couple who took pity on her. Then she meets the new cook, Nik. And things take a turn for the better, and worse.
Devon Ashley puts us in a story that is scarily similar to what has happened to many girls when they are abducted. This book isn't for the faint of heart, and it does have strong situations that would not be fit for the young adult. It's classified as New Adult, becuase the main character is 19 at the "present" time in the book. But her story starts when she was just 17. This book is one of those that I feel people will either appreciate or hate. Maybe it's becuase I have seen too much evil to not hate this book, becuase I thought it was amazing, and the strength alone that Devon Ashley would have to have in writing it.
If authors only wrote things that were easy and not controversal, then there wouldn't be many good books out there. But, like I said, if you are not of the faint of heart, then I strongly suggest you pick up this book!