Author: Sara Schoen, Tayler Henderson
Cassidy Archer has always been known as a good girl, someone who followed the rules and always put others first. She helped whenever she could, and even went out of her way when someone needed her. She had a bright future ahead of her despite her hard past.
No one could have imagined she would be ripped from her life and held captive against her will. Except, she’s not the only one.
Other girls, who were also snatched from their homes, families, and daily lives, now surround her. They are forced to live in cages like animals and can only hope to survive another day. Escape has proven futile, and many have given up hope that someone will find them.
The worst part is none of them know why they were taken. They have nothing in common, except they look similar. Excluding Cassidy. She doesn’t match his type—fair skin, blonde hair, petite figure—at all. She has no family, no one is looking for her, but she’s constantly reminded that she wasn’t meant to be here. She was taken because she jumped in to save her friend from being kidnapped. Although she was a mistake, just like the other girls she has to fight to stay alive, even if he doesn’t seem to want her. Despite his distaste for Cassidy, he keeps her around, and she can’t figure out why.
Whatever it is, it’s not good news. Cassidy can only hope to survive long enough to find a way out, but as each day passes, she’s losing hope—fast.
For Cassidy, her best friend, Julia, is her entire world. After losing her family to a series of accidents, Cassidy would be alone without her. She would die to protect her, and that’s exactly how she ends up kidnapped alongside Julia. When they wake up, they find they aren’t the only ones who have been taken. There are other girls in cages, sharing traits that Cassidy doesn’t possess: blonde hair and fair skin. All they know for sure is that once a girl is taken from the basement, they do not return.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I found myself thinking about it even when I set it down. From the very first page, I was left wondering what it was that was going to happen to these girls and why they were chosen. The kidnapper, David, is mysterious in the way that he handles his business. One thing is for sure though, he’s frightening. The bit about Cassidy’s past was interesting, and so is the fact that she stands out from the other girls not only for her looks but her personality. She has a strong desire to survive, and that sees her through some pretty tough times. While the other girls crumble and come up with plans of their own, Cassidy bides her time.
I didn’t see the ending of the book coming at all.
Twisted and dark.
Perfect read if you want a book that will take you by surprise.