Monday, January 11, 2016

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy


Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

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REVIEW by CA Borgford:

Monica Murphy delivers an emotionally-packed tale full of love, loss, life and broken characters. Characters who merely exist until they find the missing piece.

Never Tear Us Apart broke my heart time and again. Each and every time it happened, I felt the pain ~ mentally, emotionally, and physically ~ yet magically I felt their fight to survive.

Murphy thrusts you into this nightmare and makes it manageable by unfolding the story with care, concern and always leaving the light on just enough to keep things bearable.

When past and present collide, it’s easy to see that Katie and Will are damaged beyond repair. However, there is hope. New hope, new light, new beginnings. The moments of discovery and the soft moments of light, when Katherine and Ethan come together, shine bright and burned my heart with love. I loved the way the author chose to approach these characters. I loved everything about the way they struggled to survive, and I’m anxious to see what the future holds.

Ethan’s determination had me on the edge of my seat. His doubt was heart stopping. The combination of push and pull had me strung tight. I cannot wait to hear his truth.

This book should not be missed. A standout among the author’s impressive list of novels.

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