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Friday, April 18, 2014

"Aftermath" by Cara Dee

Austin Huntley and Cam Nash, along with eight other men, were kidnapped and held in cells in a basement for five months before escaping.  They now bear physical and psychological scars and must learn how to live back in the normal world.  This book begins one month after their escape and both men are suffering the effects of PTSD.  But even though Cam and Austin are very different (Austin is an accountant, and Cam is a mechanic with Aspberger's), they developed a strong bond during their time locked in a cell together and come to depend on each other for strength and support when no one else understands their short tempers and nightmares.  Will they ever recover enough to feel normal again?

This was a well written thriller that takes place in present day but shows the men's confinement in flashbacks.  Even though the reader knows that Cam and Austin escape, we are not aware of why they were kidnapped and what happened to them for five months until near the end.  About halfway through the story, their relationship takes a dramatic turn that changes them both and how they view themselves.  This book is not for the squeamish.  211 pages (Kindle edition).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014