Review: Stay by Emily Goodwin


by Emily Goodwin
Publication date: May 19th 2014
Category: New Adult
Genre: Dark, Contemporary
Source: Ebook provided by author
in exchange for an honest review.

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“I felt like I was walking to the end of a plank precariously hanging over shark-infested water. When I jumped, sharp teeth would rip into me and the cold water would steal my breath away. The monsters would take everything from me, leaving me shivering and naked in the water. The only difference was that tonight I would be pulled from the icy darkness and forced to do it again. There would be no release from death, only pain.”

Home after her first year of college, Adeline Miller is looking forward to a stress free summer filled with reading, working on her blog, and spending time with friends. But all that changes in an instant when she is witness to something terrible, something she wasn’t supposed to see.

Beaten, drugged, kidnapped.

Adeline Miller is ripped from her innocent and carefree life and thrust into darkness, into a world full of pain and horror. As a sex slave, she is forced to do horrible things, and have horrible things done to her. One of her captors has a past as dark as the world she is now living in. Will getting close to him mean freedom? Or will he pull her deeper into the shadows?

My Thoughts

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


The feelings.

Those way down deep inside, dark and horrifying feelings you didn’t know lived inside of you… they’re ripped from your core through this riveting tale. Stay is a powerful whirlwind of a story that had me more anxious than a fish next to a fillet knife.

Adeline Miller is your typical nineteen year old girl with good friends, a successful blog, and the desire to have a relaxing summer after her first year of college. She heads off to the Pride Parade with her best friend, Lynn, and her little sister, Arianna. She calls her dad when they arrive, like the respectful daughter she is, and the three of them proceed to find a place to sit. Addie witnesses something suspicious happening in the alley and, being the good-natured person she is, tries to help out a fellow human being. What happens next is unspeakable, but I’m glad this author had the balls to speak about it.

I realized something while reading this book. I usually imagine myself in various situations when I’m reading, as I’m sure most people do — a young girl falling in love for the first time, or the dead rising and coming after me and everyone I love. I did the same thing with this book too — at first. It was difficult enough to put myself in Addie’s shoes, imagining myself as a nineteen year old girl being taken off the street and forced to do all these horrible things. But then I started thinking about my little girls and my stomach began to roil and I feared I might hurl. While this story is fictional, it also brings the dark truth of the world we live in to light and that, my friends, is more terrifying than an entire planet full of zombies.

Addie is a strong character, determined to make it out the other side of this nightmare. She provides hope and light in the darkest of dark places, which is simply amazing. I love strong female characters, and her tenacity in the midst of such a horrific situation wrenched my insides and brought tears to my eyes. It’s hard to believe that people can be so resilient, but I do know it’s possible.

There are some of the most vile characters I’ve ever read before in this story. Obviously, there would have to be. The name Zane, which I just heard someone say in an episode of Goosebumps my daughter is watching, throws me into instant panic mode now. I may always associate that name with pure evil. I might have to ban this particular episode of Goosebumps. So sorry, R.L. Stine.

I highly recommend Stay to fans of dark contemporary fiction that touches on very real issues. I’m going to tell you something now: this is not an easy topic to read about, and I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into words through this cloud of feelings, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

About the Author

Emily Goodwin

Emily resides in Indiana with her husband,ferrets,horses and their beloved dog, a German Shepherd named Vader. Emily has a degree in psychology, likes anything paranormal, listens to too much 80’s rock and loves going on crazy adventures with her friends.

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