During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.
Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.
Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to — a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
I went into this one a little nervously, just because it centers around such a horrific, realistic subject (kidnapping and sexual assault). And unfortunately I was right to be wary because I ended up not finishing it, though I’m sure it may appeal to other readers.
Basically The Voice tells the story of Audrey, a girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by someone very close to her. After she is rescued and returned home, she struggles to come to terms with what happened to her and move on with her life the best she can. However, this turns out to be harder than it seems because someone is out to get Audrey, and time is running out.
It started off interesting enough, it really did. It was hard to get through the first chapter or two about her kidnapping and captivity, but I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to her. After that, she goes to live with her Aunt Kate, which is pretty much where I started to have problems with the story. The thing is, a lot of it felt really rushed and unrealistic. We barely find out what happens to her while she’s kidnapped, and then all of a sudden she’s at home with her parents, and then two seconds later she’s living with Kate, who has a ton of problems of her own. It’s a lot of information thrown at you in a short period of time, honestly. I would’ve loved to learn more about her relationship with her parents, or adjusting to being back at home, or learning about her relationship with Kate. But instead she’s thrust into this new world, and then all of a sudden she’s meeting the hot brothers next door, and getting a makeover, and going to her new school. And it was just a bit much.
I wasn’t a fan of the characters either, sadly. Audrey was decent enough to read about, but parts of her inner dialogue were a bit odd at times. From what I read, her Aunt Kate seemed to be a somewhat interesting character, but at the same time she seemed to be almost a cardboard cut-out of the “cool, young aunt” character who doesn’t really have her life together. Same goes for the brothers next door, who pretty much followed the YA trope of the hot brothers, one of which is outgoing and overly friendly, and the other is brooding and seems to ‘hate’ the girl. Maybe they changed later on in the book, but from what I read, they just weren’t my cup of tea.
All in all, this wasn’t my favorite thing ever. I think it’s definitely an emotional read and may appeal to lovers of contemporary, but personally I wasn’t a huge fan.
Date Published: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Lands Atlantic