My initial reaction to this book is one of awe. It was a nasty, vicious, and scary tale of a thirteen year old girl Wendi, kidnapped, drugged, held as a child sex slave and discarded when she was no longer of any use to the traffickers. Told directly through the voice of the main character Wendi, it was personal and very easy to identify with and feel empathy for her. The telling of the story was so realistic that at times I thought I was reading the author's personal memoir. I can think of no greater compliment to Lynch, than to say that.
The twists towards the end of the book were clever and well done - I certainly didn't pick all of them and was surprised and stunned by one of them in particular. Yes, this book deals with some very serious and at times horrific issues, but they are well handled and the writing was brutally honest and didn't try to sugar coat the reality of the situation.
I absolutely loved this book and although it is a young adult novel, I would recommend it for the more mature of the young adults and parents everywhere. Without a doubt this is one of the best novels I've read this year. An excellent effort by Lynch. She is to be congratulated for this book and it fully deserves the five stars that I gave it. Well done!