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Sticks and Stones Paperback – Oct. 18 2016
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"I see everything they see. I’ve died. I’ve died more times than I can count."
Sandra Daron knows what it’s like to die. Every time she touches someone, she experiences their last moments; burning, drowning, choking, dead.
Her visions shatter any pretense of normal she might wish she had. She’s a freak, isolated and alone in her small town junior high school. Her parents don’t care what she does or where she goes and all she wants to do is get by without being noticed.
All of that changes when a rough-around-the-edges father moves his two boys into the old house next door. The Sloans are a family in a way Sandra has never known. The brothers won’t let her hide and soon love and passion arouse the life within her to fight off the death she sees every day.
When girls in town start disappearing and Sandra becomes the next victim, she’ll learn just how far the Sloans are willing to go to save the ones they love. But something bad done for the sake of something good doesn't make it right. Sandra might have the power to save the people in her visions, but is she willing to pay the price?
An unorthodox family brought together by a young woman’s premonitions of death, Sticks and Stones is a dark and gritty Gothic romance about roads paved with good intentions.
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It's all a question about right or wrong, good or evil, and if you had a chance to right the wrongs of the world, would you do it and to what costs?
The scenes in Sticks and Stones provoke sadness and despair that Sandra has had no support or love during her childhood until she meets her new found family who gathers her in despite the unconventional and unbelievable things she can see. It's down right scary to imagine knowing the future, especially with all the bad things happening in our modern world, and who would believe you anyway? However, once the Sloan Family are believers, they want to help, but there is a price to be paid, especially if by saving the intended victims you become the vigilante and take the law into your own hands.
What happens when you cross that line and how do you stop once you've crossed over? Some passages are so dark that you fear that there is no hope. Have they crossed the line once too often or can they hold back and let the proper authorities do their job?
In the end the truly evil one (a veritable psychopath whose lack of empathy chills me to the core) is destroyed, but we can only hope that this wasn't the one case that pushed them over to the dark side with no returning. I fell in love with the characters, feeling their loss and pain as Lem's life was distinguished. And the hostility and despise I felt for the evil one that lurks in their world.
I hoped that they would find a way to even the score without losing themselves and learn to control what they do without losing their love for one another. After all, doesn't Sandra and the boys deserve a little happiness?
This book has compelling characters and an interesting premise. My only criticism would be that I wish the story advanced a bit faster, because I wanted so badly to know what happened in the end! A great read for anyone who enjoys the paranormal genre.
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, it was so good that I couldn't stop reading it and finished it in less than a day.
The main character is likeable and I really feel for her. I don't always agree with the decisions the characters make in the book, and those same decisions alter their lives in an unimaginable way.
If you enjoy a paranormal thriller, you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!