Something Taken, by Jerrie Brock brought out a lot of emotions in me. I experienced disgust, anger, fear, and eventually happiness and hope. At times this book isn’t easy to read, but once you reach the end you will find the light at the end of the tunnel.
At 17 yrs old, Terry is starved for freedom. Under her parent’s roof, she is unable to party and stay out all night. One day she up and leaves, and sets out to live life on her own without her parent’s hovering over her every move.
When she moves out she finds an abandoned puppy who means the world to her. He is her shadow, following her everywhere she goes. Other than the puppy, life is hard… her job is monotonous and her best friend’s boyfriend is a total creep. She finds herself homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Unable to admit defeat, she continues on the same path eventually getting herself in trouble with the Denver police. Unfortunately, the police force is corrupt and one officer’s demands on Terry in exchange for her not being arrested lead Terry down a dangerous path which eventually leads her to further drug use, a gun shot, pain, guilt and shame…
Fortunately for Terry, one person is willing to see past Terry’s faults and he puts his career on the line to save her life.
I enjoyed this story, specifically Terry’s perspective of events. There has never been a protagonist who I have wanted to hug more than Terry. She is young, weak, and troubled, yet wise beyond her years. I cried along with her and always wished for the best for her to get back on the right track.
This is who I would not recommend this story to: recovering drug addicts. This story has a strong and pervasive theme of drug use that may trigger some people.
Who I think may enjoy this story: People who love their pets more than people, and people who are interested in dramas, such as those on the popular show Law & Order SVU.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more books from Jerrie Brock. She is an excellent story teller and I give this book a well deserved 4 stars!
“Dear God, please help me to be the kind of person who my dogs think I am.”
― Jerrie Brock, Something Taken
***I received an E-Copy of this book for a fair and honest review.