When Mary is taken from her small town she ends up halfway across the country, in the hands of men who only wish to harm her. Her life becomes all about the pain, and slowly her old life fades away until she no longer knows who she really is. Just when she thinks she might have a reprieve from the beatings she falls into the hands of yet another dangerous man, a man she had trusted.
This is an exceptionally compelling novel about power. As Mary becomes Elena she learns who has the power over her and how very little of herself she still owns. The story is incredibly dark but it is told from an innocent teenager’s point of view, making it a powerful text.
The story is emotive and uncomfortable but it isn’t over, it continues in the next book of the series. I’m sure this book isn’t for everyone but I really enjoyed it. It was written beautifully even with its dark theme. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was that the ending didn’t tie in with the beginning as well as I wanted, but I’m sure that if I purchase the next book it will give me the answers.