Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember--even if he doesn't know it--her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith's passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
"Every now and then, a novel comes
along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic
prose. This is such a story. A tale of uncommon elegance, power and
originality." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Berry’s novel is suspenseful and
haunting. Her poetic narrative will draw readers in, and the gradual
unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed.” – Publisher’s Weekly,
"Lyrical language, a good mystery,
and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance." - School
Library Journal, starred review
"An emotional journey conveyed in
lyrical prose, this historical
novel, set in an unspecified pre-industrial rural community, is also an
absorbing adventure with elements of mystery and romance, providing a
of the heart-wrenching and the heart-pounding." Bulletin of the
Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Readers racing through the story’s murder mystery and
thrilling romance may miss much of Berry’s lovely, poetic writing; luckily,
many will finish only to turn right back to the beginning, this time to savor a
more leisurely paced, equally satisfying read." The Horn Book,