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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Above By Isla Morley

net galley disclosure

You may have already heard the buzz about this new book....

above cover


I am a secret no one is able to tell.

Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban­doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Deter­mined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give mean­ing to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promis­ing and devastating. As Blythe’s dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice—between survival and freedom.

You can read an excerpt on the publisher's site!


Good luck trying to put this book down, once you start reading it! It literally grabs you from page one and keeps you turning the pages! As a mother of a daughter, there is a certain 'looking at train wreck' feeling to reading the book, as it is told in Blythe's voice, and as a mom, you keep imagining the 'what if it was your daughter'. Which is the author's point- to draw you in emotionally to the book and to the characters! That is also what makes it a bit 'draining' and it is not a one sitting book at all. You need the break to walk away and see real life again. I found doing it about 3/5 of the way through was a good stopping point, before Blythe comes 'above', and then finishing it in a second sitting, as it almost 2 different tales. If you read it this way, I think you get more enjoyment from the changes. The story will stay with you for awhile! 

About the Author:

Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. During the country's State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English Literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but left career, country and kin when she married an American and moved to California. For more than a decade she pursued a career in non-profit work, focusing on the needs of women and children.  She has lived in some of the most culturally diverse places of the world, including Johannesburg, London and Honolulu. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, daughter, a cat, two dogs and four tortoises.

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