In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die!
In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away.
After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life.
I was really drawn to this series after I finished the first book Silenced (look below for the summary of that book and I have a review for it on my blog). I felt the drama and the reality of a cutter was portrayed very realistically in that book, so it saddens me to find in this book some of the reality was not there to end this series. The two books are great, and I recommend you read them, but please be aware if you are easily offended with the idea that you can stop a mental issue with prayer, God and a support group alone, you will be more than likely be offended. For some this does work, but I fear that it will turn off a lot of people who are struggling because it seems the answer is so easy, when to some it isn’t.
As for me, I glad to see Amber finally accept this as an issue that deserved to be put first on the priority list. I was glad she was able to find the answers she had been searching for in the first book. It pleased me to see that she didn’t have to carry her secret around like a anchor alone any more. It was unfortunate that it all came out at such a stressful and sad time in her life, but thankful it did.
Book two doesn’t have the intense feelings as the first book, there really aren’t any edge of your seat moments but then if you have been through recovery of any kind, you know that it is a slow paced journey where sometimes you aren’t even able to put one foot in front of the other, so it does maintain the realism with that. So to the point of Faith and God that was included in this book. I for one find it nice to see the new path that Amber took into her spirituality. I, being a firm believer in God, could relate to points that she was making in the book. I just found that also as a recovering person from my own demons, the spiritual part of Amber’s recovery over shadowed the reality that I and many others had to endure to get to the point we are at right now. I am not trying to lessen the power of prayer and Faith in any way, but I do believe we are humans and forgiving ourselves is the hardest part of our journey.
When all is said and done, I would recommend this series, especially to a self injurer or anyone struggling with addiction of any form. It was well written and the characters were developed well. It was realistic of the struggle to keep your secrets and deal with life and emotions as you have learned to do, but I would warn, it won’t fit everyone’s idea of recovery. Some will find the fact she didn’t resist treatment harder more fiction than truth, some will take great strength in her behavior and find the courage in themselves to reach out for help after reading. This is really one of those topics you won’t please everyone but I think the author did a great job in showing this side of cutting and recovery.
Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It’s hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.
A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her “darkness” and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.
When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber’s new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.
Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
Official Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyV6GfOsjxk
Purchase Links for Silenced (1st book in Series)
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About the Author
RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.
RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one beautiful daughter Emma, and a mother to an angel, Dakota Emily.
She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels connecting with readers and sending her messages are her main goals.
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