*Thank you to Algonquin for letting me review this novel.
This book is incredible. Gina Wohlsdorf is a force to be reckoned with. Her writing is unique and transformative. I cannot speak more highly of her and her novel Blood Highway.
This novel is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Rainy, who is too smart for her own good because she had to grow up pretty quickly. Her mother was mentally ill and thought Rainy was the devil. So she would lock up the house and pantry to keep her away. But Rainy learned how to manage this and had to sneak around town so she could get food and clothes for herself. Rainy even lied to her best friends at school and said her mom was a cancer nurse at Mayo and was always busy with work. She made up this facade so she could act like her life was normal. But it was far from it.
Then one day she came home to find her mother had committed suicide. When a young policeman, Blaine, comes in to assess the scene, he immediately likes Rainy. He gets her food, talks to her like she is a real human being and lets her stay at his place for the night until Child Protection Services opens in the morning. Rainy finally cracks his exterior once he tells her that he too was the one that found his mom dead. He understands her in a way that no one else has because he actually knows the real Rainy.
They start to develop feelings for each other, but it isn’t sexual. They are each other’s lifeline, especially when Rainy’s father comes back into the picture. Rainy’s mom always told her that he died, but little did Rainy know that he was in prison. And he escaped. He went to find Rainy and her mom, but he only got to Rainy. Blaine found out about his escape, and he was assigned to watch out for Rainy and make sure nothing happened to her. But Sam, Rainy’s dad, got to her and they are on the road as fugitives.
Now Blaine has to rescue Rainy before anything bad happens. And all Rainy wants is Blaine to find her before her dad makes her do something she cannot come back from.
Rainy is one of my favorites because she is the strongest female character I have read up till now. I loved everything about this thriller. Wohlsdorf should be on everyone’s radar. I plan on buying anything she writes because she is that good. This book drew me in, and I never wanted to put it down. I recommend this to anyone who loves a fast-pace thriller.
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