Monsters have a way of following you.
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake. When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.
My 4.5 Star review
Wash me Away is my first read by Wendy Owens. I have to say that she is damn good and this will not be my last.
So I loved this book and it is a 5 star read but I am a selfish woman and I am giving it a 4.5 star because I didn't want it to end. I need to know what happens next in her life. I feel emotionally invested in this story...Trust me you will feel this same way once you have finished this book!
Addy is the main character and she has had a very rough childhood and now she is free from all of that and now is living with her aunt and uncle. She is very closed off and she doesn't want to let anyone in because she is afraid of what they might say once she tells them the truth.
Then one day she goes into her aunt and uncles attic and finds letters that her mother wrote to her uncle before and after she was born. Those letters contain some very important things and now she is going to uncover the biggest secret/truth of all.
Then you have Leo and let me tell you if I was only a couple of years younger, this young man is so unique and not your normal so to speak book boyfriend...Yes I said book boyfriend, once you read it you will just know. I am so happy he say her in the window of that office while he was skateboarding.
While reading this book I had an idea of the traumatic childhood Addison had to endure but in the end I had no clue how bad she really had it. This character is strong, fierce, loving, special, beautiful, and so damn broken.
There is a part of this book that had me in tears and I wanted to climb in my kindle and just be there for her when her whole world came crashing down around her. The author did an amazing job writing this book and she will make you envision this particular heart felt part of this story.
Excerpts from Wash Me Away
My heart leaps into my throat, and time has lost meaning. The entire car leans up on two wheels as it travels to the left, rather than straight ahead. My body presses into my father’s, and I wish more than anything I could hold myself away from him. He reaches for the door handle, but his efforts are futile, as the water has already risen to his window. We continue to move with the current, until it completely picks up the car. The metal tomb flips and turns onto the driver’s side door, snapping off the mirror. I don’t think. I struggle to unbuckle my seatbelt with one hand, the weight of my body pulling the strap taut, and crank down the passenger window with the other. Like a seamless and rehearsed dance, everything happens perfectly. The window is down, the buckle releases its grasp, and I grab on to the edge of the open window. Using the edge of the steering wheel, and my headrest, I push myself up and out the opening.
The car slows, but it’s still moving with the flow of the water, rocking from side to side as the muffled sounds of metal scraping against the earth fill the vessel. “Addy Mae,” he cries up after me. It’s a tone I’ve never heard from him, or at least I don’t recall. I look down at him; his eyes are wide with fear. I feel sorry for him, the need to help him overwhelming me.
I drop to my knees, readying myself to extend a hand. The car jerks unexpectedly, and I fall to my stomach, gripping the rim of the window for support. A cracking sound echoes from inside of the car. I look down to see a large rock has wedged itself firmly into the windshield, cracked glass splintering outward.
“Goddamn it, Addy, you better get me the hell out of here,” he shouts. There he is, I think. The father I know. My hand is halfway extended when I pause and pull it back. “What the—” The windshield gives way, and the shards rush inward with a gush of water. His expression, his words—they all disappear in an instant, beneath the murky, churning waters.
About Wendy Owens
Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling as an indie eBook author. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Check out her New Adult Romance and Young Adult Fantasy books.