on September 20th 2016
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When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other
Afterward really hit home. As a parent of an autistic child, reading about one being kidnapped and then his behavior change was gut wrenching. This was a minor part of the story, but it was the catalyst.
Caroline loves her brother, his autism does get on her nerves at times but she would never wish him harm; so when she told him to go play she didn’t realize that momentary lapse of judgement would lead to him leaving the house and being picked up by a man. A man we later discover kidnapped a boy (Ethan) from the same town a few years earlier. Caroline blames herself for what happen to her brother and the turmoil in her family. To figure out what happened to her brother, Caroline thinks maybe asking Ethan would be the best option.
Ethan has pretty much blocked out the last few years of his life but with counseling and support from his parents he is starting to remember. Caroline and Ethan decided not to talk about her brother but to do what they love – which is play music. Over the course of the story – their friendship grows and Ethan’s past starts to unfold.
This book is hard for me to review. I loved everything about the characters and their story, however the book is a heartbreaking read.