Title: The Girl in the Box [Let Me Go 1]
Author: L.L. Akers
Genre: Mystery, New Adult, Psychological Thriller
Rating: 1 Star
She’s trapped. Alone. In a box.
As she battles to survive the chilling darkness, with long hours of nothing to do but wait in terror for her captor to return, she grapples through obscure dreams and memories of a painful family past.
After a tumultuous childhood in a broken home, keeping secrets became a way of life for twin sisters: Gabby and Olivia, and their little sister, Emma. They’ve all got skeletons in their closets; memories locked away never to see the light of day.
But after they take divergent paths in life, disaster strikes, and their pasts collide head-on with a mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama. The worst has happened, and if they want to find the key to survival and reconciliation, they must learn to let their skeletons out; shake the dust off of them, and maybe even let them dance across the floor.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I wanted to like The Girl in the Box by L.L. Akers. It started off strong. I was intrigued by the girl in the box and how she got there, and I got about 20% into the story before I set it aside for good.
Why? Because at 20% into the story, I still couldn’t discern a plot or a connection between the girl in the box, and the rest of the story – the heart-breaking narrative of a family of women disrupted by the terrible men in their life. In less than a fourth of the book, there was kidnapping, rape, pedophilia, and repeated domestic abuse… it was hard to read or enjoy because the subject matter was constantly dark. It became a burden to force myself to read further—so I stopped.
There came a point when figuring out what happened to the girl in the box and continuing her story wasn’t worth being forced to read the rest of the book. There were no undertones of hope, no connections to be made to her story – and it was kind of depressing. Maybe I missed out. Maybe at 21% in there would be a shift and everything would start to make sense, and the women of the story would start trying to fight back. I don’t know, but I do know that it should have happened long before 20%. So, I’m rating this as a 1 star DNF. I don’t want to finish this book. Good luck if you try.