After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family's Vermont horse farm - only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother's cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm. The man Boone has become frightens her to near paralysis, but she's too traumatized and physically devastated to put up a fight.
Like the rest of her family, Boone has never given up hope that Portia would return. But when she turns up battered, skinny as a 12-year-old boy, afraid of everything and unable to talk about what happened, he does the only thing he can - try to help her heal. He summons the town doctor and Portia's parents, and sets out to put this beautiful, broken woman back together again.
Through her family's love and Boone's gentle affection, Portia gradually comes back to herself, and starts to fall for her old friend in a whole new way. But one thing threatens her fragile hopes for recovery: The man who took her promised that if she ever escaped, he'd kill her. Slowly. And someone is definitely watching her...waiting to make a deadly move.
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This is an incredibly emotional book. it started off slowly and I was not sure that it would be any different to other similar books I have read.However, it then became very personal with a first-person account of the trauma of being kidnapped and kept hostage by a madman for 2 years. It all became very real to me and I was able to empathize to a degree where I was hurting along with Portia the girl that was taken. After that, every word resonated with me and I listened to the whole story in one sitting. It is a very well written story and I am sure it closely resembles real cases of captured girls. That is a horrible thought but something we should all be aware of.