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  • Sarah McKnight


I have seen so many people talking about Powerless by Vicky Ball on Twitter, and now that I've read it, I can understand why!

Keep in mind that this book isn't for everyone as it centers around all forms of abuse (mental, physical, sexual) and can be triggering for a lot of readers. While the content is heavy, I have always enjoyed stories that expose the darker side of human nature, so this was easily right up by alley.

The mystery of Beth's disappearance is unraveled through multiple points of view between herself, her sister Abby, and a few passages by an unknown observer. (I thought I knew who that person was, but when their true identity was revealed...WOW!) Going back and forth in time and switching between characters slowly unravels the story and puts all of the pieces into place, building up to a climatic ending that's full of twists and turns I did not see coming. This was a harrowing tale and I had a hard time putting it down.

I see a lot of people complain about teenage characters making bad/unreasonable/illogical choices in books. Heck, I've gotten a couple of reviews like that on my own book, Life Support. The people who bring this up are typically adults and I often wonder if they've forgotten what it's like to be a teenager, when their brains weren't fully developed yet. As an adult myself, there were times I wanted to scream through the pages at Beth, and occasionally her sister Abby too, for the bad decisions they were making throughout. But when I stepped back and remembered what it was like to be fifteen myself, I know I too would have relished in the attention of a handsome older man.

While there were a few instances where I had difficulty distinguishing who was speaking, and a few parts near the end where I feel the characters' reactions to certain events weren't big enough, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Well done, Vicky! I'll be keeping my eye out for your next book.

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