My First Novel

Hunter needs to remember. Jazz needs to forget. They need each other to heal in this teen thriller of survivor love.

 

Hunter’s past is a mystery to him, erased by a doctor at the direction of his father. But memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people’s memories—visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex. His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own.

 

Hunter and Jazz kiss each other’s scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need.

Silver Medal

Young Adult Thriller

Reviews

"A powerful, original examination of the nature of memory and the effects of childhood abuse that's framed as a suspense tale. Deeply felt and convincing." — Kirkus Reviews

"A fresh suspense novel: swift, eventful, and with a satisfying love story underlying it all." — Foreword Reviews

"Riveting . . . a beautifully written book. . . Hard to put down." — Blueink Reviews

“A moving portrait of young lives scarred by severe mental and physical abuse. Skipstone’s daring portrayal of her many characters’ damaged mental and emotional state is deeply disturbing and chilling. . .

Brilliantly brave!” —The Prairies Book Review

"A brutal and essential read . . .A fearless novel with a message far deeper than the plot. The intensity of the story . . . is coupled with powerful prose and the reminder that everyone has secrets and scars, urging readers towards empathy, self-examination, and greater kindness.” — Self-Publishing Review

 “A profoundly emotional dramatic page-turner. It is a courageous look at incest and other forms of sexual abuse. . . A lurid, yet audacious tale.” — Authors Reading 

“Brilliant execution from the pen of someone truly skilled with words. With just a few sentences, the reader stands no chance, being pulled deep into the story, with interest piqued and hungering for more until that hunger is satisfied . . . I can only praise the book . . . A perfect balance between descriptions and plotline, emotions and action.” — International Review of Books

“The prose is impeccably good, laced with vivid descriptions that make the reading experience cinematic. . . A gripping, dark, and disturbing coming of age story that is deftly handled with characters that readers will root for and themes that are relevant and strong.” —Romuald Dzemo

“Author Brooke Skipstone has created a masterpiece with this traumatic and emotional novel. . . . one of my favorite reads this year.” — Tiffany Ferrell 

“A compelling read with a lot of excitement. For people who never thought about the impact of child abuse, this book might be a real eye-opener.” — Kim Anisi

“A wholly unapologetic, raw look at sexual assault, abuse, aggression, homophobia, self-harm, suicide and all of the terrible things that destroy lives on a daily basis. . . Highly Recommended.” — Jamie Michele

“A taut and lovely story about two tortured young adults who find common ground and mutual acceptance. . . This well-written story addresses social issues of paramount importance. . . Highly recommended.”— Jack Magnus

“An exceedingly well-written book for those who are able to take its harrowing message to heart.”

— K.C. Finn

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