Title: Open Wounds
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Alexandra Johnston
The first cut brings a wave of calm that immediately washes over her. The second, an incomparable bliss. The third, euphoria in its purest, most absolute form.
A twisted and often unsettling glimpse into the mind of an unwitting victim, Open Wounds tells the story of a young girl’s battle to maintain her safety and sanity after she is preyed upon by a savage predator. She finds only the slightest comfort in scrawling the details of her horrific tale onto the pages of a leatherbound diary. But when her living nightmare becomes more than she can bear, the only comfort she finds is beneath the blade of a paring knife. Night after night, she slices into her own tender flesh, while praying for some escape from a world filled with anguish and torment.
Before long, those leatherbound pages are dripping with crimson and soon, open wounds become ripples of scar tissue.
Dark, very dark.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a horror book, it’s more along the lines of a tragedy.
Kate’s life has never been easy, but she learns how easy it is for it to always get worse, because it does always get worse. After the divorce of her parents, she tries to tell herself that her new home will be a fresh start. Then her mother meets Grady, and Kate’s life spirals down into abuse and fear. Her only relief comes from cutting.
This is a book that will make you ugly cry for sure. It’s easy to feel sorry for Kate because her life is never easy. The author handled the delicate situations in this book in a very real, very concrete manner. It’s sad to think there are girls forced to suffer lives like that, and this is one of those types of fiction stories that makes you really think about the world and people in it.
For all the darkness in the story, I loved the end of the book and felt like it gave the piece a bit of hope, a bit of closure. A little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. I was so captivated by the story that I had to finish it in a day because once I started, I didn’t want to stop until I heard how it ended.
This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart, but for those who can handle difficult topics, it is worth a listen.
The narration was well done, giving a gentle edge to these not-so-gentle topics.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.