On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism…until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.
Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.
I know this novel comes out in two weeks and that’s not much of a wait, but as soon as I read the synopsis I was hooked. Seriously. Then I read the first two chapters and I knew which novel I’d highlight next in the Waiting for Wednesday weekly post. I haven’t read anything by Crowell before, and some of the reviews up on Goodreads are mixed reviews, but the plot sounds very intriguing, painful and heartbreaking–and I’m a sucker for those kinds of reads. You can read an excerpt of Etched on Me here.
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?