Rust & Stardust – T. Greenwood

Guys – I’m surviving my family reunion, just barely. The nice part is that I was able to devour this book during some downtime.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

RUST & STARDUST – T. Greenwood (Releasing August 7th, 2018)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one 🙂

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

This book. I will honestly say that I had no idea what to expect going into this one. RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood was the exact thing I needed. This has an element of impending doom and there’s an intensity about it that kept me sucked in. I will warn – this does depict physical and mental abuse to children.

Sally is 11 years old and wants to be friends with a group of girls in her class. They have an initiation they make her do in order to joint their club – she must steal something from a local store. As Sally is on her way out of the store, a man grabs her by the arm claiming to be with the FBI and that she needs to come with him. This begins Sally’s new nightmare – she is now on the run with the man that has kidnapped her.

This goes between different perspectives and brings us on their journey as they jump from city to city to avoid being caught. We get to see through the eyes of Sally, her mother, her sister, her brother-in-law, and others that she comes in contact with throughout the months of her being on the run.

I couldn’t even imagine being in Sally’s shoes. At her age, you don’t want to disobey what a police officer, or FBI agent, is telling you to do (especially after being caught doing something illegal). So to have that trust completely taken advantage of just made my stomach turn. This is about the true events that inspired LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov, but this is still fiction. After reading this I went back and did some research about the actual events and I couldn’t believe it.

Greenwood writes this so beautifully and in a style that was so fluid. I could not stop turning those pages. I had to know what was happening to Sally and what her family was doing. I highly recommend picking this one up – just remember that it’s not an easy topic to read about.

 

Have you read LOLITA? What do you think of that one versus RUST & STARDUST?

–Jess

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