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Let Me Go

(Let Me Go #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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The pasts of three sisters and their mother collide head-on with a mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama. One of these women finds herself trapped. Alone. In a box. She battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in terror for her captor to return, she grapples t
Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 5th 2013 by SmArt Group Consulting, LLC
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Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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L.L. Akers’ Let Me Go is one of those books that I can’t say that I actually enjoyed, but that I respected. I was enthralled with the story. I desperately needed to know who was “The Girl in the Box.” I had to know these characters would be alright. Because, really, it could have gone either way. This was a short read, but certainly not an easy one.

I admire the way the author approached the tough subjects in this book. The writing was extraordinary, as
J. Feulner
Good attempt for first novel

I think with more guidance & experience this author could become much better. The story itself was not believable, and would have been much better if she had developed her characters more, and had included more about their lives, dreams, thoughts, etc. For example, I'd loved to have known about Emma's relationship with her dad: their life together when she was with him.

On the other hand, I felt her characters were believable; I could see each of their personaliti
Sabrina Olteanu
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I have to admit, lately I had the luck of reading some incredible books, but this one it’s whit out any doubt a 5 stars, brilliant! L.L. Akers had the courage to write about a difficult tough subject, and she did it perfectly till the end! This story, about abusing, comes very close to being entirely true, sadly, it does happen. To get to the point, I will tell you about it to see why you have to read it.

There are 3 stories i
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I found this image over on L.L. Akers Facebook page, it says You have the power to say, “This is NOT how my story will end.”

I love it.

I don’t think that there is anything more fitting than that saying in regard to this book.

This is an absolutely beautiful and horrible book at the same time. Horrible in that abuse exists period. Horrible in that people would ever treat children that way. Horrible in that women let men do these things to them and then believe the lies when they say it will never
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is my honest opinion of this book. I mean the author no harm or ill will just constructive criticism. Ok so, this book really did grip me at first. It had a great hook that just pulled you in in that, "I need to know why," way. That being said, I was extremely disappointed with the rest of the story. Now this was the authors first novel and I think it's great that she decided to go after her dreams, but this story needed a lot more work. I think of this more as a rough draft than a complete ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
**4.5 Stars**

The synopsis says Let Me Go is IS that.

I wrote my review of Let Me Go and then, I kept thinking about this book. And I kept thinking about and kept thinking about it. I decided that maybe talking about it would help me get my thoughts straight, so I volunteered my hubby to be my sounding board. It helped a little. There's just so much I want to say...all good. ;) Please forgive my vagueness in my review but this is a story that must be experienced.

Let Me Go is a capt
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let Me Go is a powerful book about the cycle of abuse. L.L. Akers has done a good job at portraying how victims often blame themselves and usually quickly forgive the abuser. I like how she used the sisters to show different ways in which women are abused, whether it is a child or an adult, and different ways victims cope.

“The Girl in the Box” undercurrent was interesting. It had me guessing throughout the book who the girl in the box was. I don’t want to say any more than that because I don’t
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ebook of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven't really talked about it much, especially now that I am out of the relationship. It was very challenging for me to come forward with my relationship and the undeniable abuse. After reading this book, I recommended it to a few friends and family. For me, it was a gateway to start opening up. It took me many years to tell my close friends. My friends had no idea. I was very good at hiding bruises and my unhappiness. After r ...more
Jenea Whittington
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let Me Go is the first book in the Let Me Go series, and a book that when I read the blurb, it grabbed me and I knew it would be and emotional read and a little out of my comfort zone, but I certainly wasn’t prepared at at for what I got, it was much, much more. Three young sisters have grown up watching something children should never have to watch and endure, their mother being abused at the hand of their father. Once their mother finally escapes the terrible home they shared, they have a chan ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let Me Go is the first book in the Let Me Go series which is also the debut novel for L.L. Akers. This book is told from the perspective of a mother and her three daughters, mainly Gabby.

The book starts off when the daughters were still young. Their parents are constantly arguing which can escalate quickly, resulting in physical abuse. Each time it happens, their parents pack and move to a different place claiming to start a brand new "happier" life.

The beginning of the book was really intriguin
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure exactly how to describe my thoughts now that I'm finished reading it. So I guess I will start from the beginning...

I thought it started off a little bit slowly in the first chapter, which mostly just laid the foundation for the rest of the story - about how lonely the girls were because they moved so often after each big abusive show-down. Then things get a little more interesting, as one of those show-downs happens before their eyes and it's described in detail. I thought it
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Normally this book isn't something that I would read. In fact stories of abuse have been one of my bookish no-no's from the very beginning. However I got the invitation to be part of this blog tour and after a bit of consideration, I decided to participate. Now while this book was a quick read for me, it was in no way, an easy read. This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions.

From a purely academic standpoint I understood the cycle of abuse as I have studied it intently. However, nothing p
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is my first conquest in the new "New Adult Genre," which, according to USA Today, is a product of the self-publishing/e-book era, and is supposed to fill a void between Young Adult (ages 12-18) and traditional fiction. I was unaware that there was any sort of gap, but this stuff is selling like hotcakes, so what do I know? Based on all the titles, reviews, and publicity I have found since discovering this new genre, I had set the bar pretty low for "Let Me Go." Although there are many gems ...more
Elena Love
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me go was such an interesting and unique story!The writing was amazing,as well as the character development.While reading Let Me Go,I connected with the characters and it wasn't easy to read about the things they went through.Because this wasn't what you'd call an easy read but it's not a story you'd call really dark either.I felt so many things while reading the book and there were times when I couldn't keep on reading,not because I didn't like the book but because I was afraid to see what ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

After reading the synopsis, I knew that Let Me Go was not going to be an easy read, and as I write this review I still feel for the main characters, and what they went through.

“As far back as she could remember, the women in her family had been touched by abuse of some kind, always at the hands of a he. It was almost a family tradition – bound by blood, ripped apart by abuse.”

Let Me Go follows teenagers Gabby and Olivia (twins) their younger sister Emma who have spent most of their childhood wat
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Let Me Go" was a gripping story abuse how abuse affects the 3 sisters as well as the family in this fictional work. I know that some people feel that this was "wildly fantastic" and a "gross exaggeration" of what abuse can be but I can say that this story is more true than so many realize. I've read the reviews and while some of them were favorable there were a few that really hit a nerve. Obviously these people have never known (or have been informed that they know) a victim of domestic or sex ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Olivia and Gabby grew up in a house where parents shouting at one another was normal. Where protecting your baby sister from your abusive father (and mom’s new boyfriend) was something that happened without them even having to think about it. And as such things go, a cycle starts where both the girls get drawn into abusive relationships of their own. I have seen first had how these things really do turn into vicious cycles. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of strength of will to break these k ...more
Ele Wilson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't a book which had me gripped from the beginning, but it did hit the curiosity button which made me continue to read.
It's the story of one woman's battle with abuse and the profound effect it has on her 3 daughters who witnessed much of the abuse and somehow found it repeating itself through them. By around the third chapter, I was hooked and needed to know more.
A very well written and carefully thought out first novel from L.L. Akers which I couldn't put down once I got into the nit
Christina  Torretta
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every word of this book begs attention, every sentence squeezing out emotion and made me feel as if I had no more empathy to give because I just gave it away to these girls! Intense to say the least…

Because of the intensity of this book it is so hard for me to rate. L.L. Akers is able to pull so much emotion out of me and sets these characters up so well that I could not help but feel for them. Every shock made me want to both set the book down and read more to see if these girls would ever be r
Teri Rushka
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this story to be both painful and liberating. I won't speak much to the grammar and structure which need much work and polishing. To be fair, I received the book for free, and I use a different set of criteria when critiquing a free work. I will say this was a much better read than most free offerings. With that said, I believe with some work and editing, this could become a seller.

The story line revolves around a dysfunctional family ... A mother and her three daughters. All in various
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm still not sure how I feel about this book...

I've never experienced the kind of abuse the girls in this book did. It was frustrating to read because I couldn't help thinking the whole time, how can she be so stupid to let that happen? But that's victim blaming, and part of the reason this kind of abuse is perpetuated. That makes me part of the problem.
I guess it was good to read in order to confront my own prejudices. And really, that's the mark of a good book...that it makes you think and f
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let Me Go by L.L. Akers I want to make this required reading for every teen girl. It is about the cycle of abuse. The violence happens off screen and we just see the effects. Beautiful but disturbing. An excellent cautionary tale.

It reads just like Twilight and all those other young adult novels in that I deeply cared about the characters and felt like they were my friends. It was so aggravating at times that I wanted to just delete it off my Kindle and read something else. It's like one of those shows where you are
A.E.  McCall
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a junior in college who has met several students from dire family situations, I found it refreshing to immerse myself in a story that deals with this issue where the main characters are not only portrayed as victims, but as human beings who make their share of mistakes. While I sympathized with Gabby, Olivia, Emma, and their mother, I was also frustrated by choices that would perpetuate their circumstances. However, this was instrumental in painting an accurate picture of abuse, one that stay ...more
Robin Newman
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let Me Go by L.L. Akers had me engrossed from the first few pages. This is a gripping and suspenseful story about the devastating effects of systemic family abuse and its effect's on the individuals that suffer from this terrifying situation. The story centers around twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, and their younger sibling Emma. It's a dark and suspenseful look into the girls world as they try to come to terms and conquer the evil that has engrossed their entire family. As a reader I was ro ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let Me Go is a well crafted book that presents its story in a clever way that sucked me in like a rip-tide, beginning with page 1.

There is great sadness in the lives of each family member, and some passages are difficult to read, yet I was compelled to race through the book, trying to solve the "mystery" of the box, while hoping that Olivia & Gabby also made it to the end of the book.

The book has believable characters who are dealing with the rip-tides in their lives caused by abuse. I wil
Glenette Neal
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you eagerly turning the pages. I love how the author created each character. My heart was so heavy for Olivia, Gabby and Emma that I shed a tear or two as I continued to read. My adrenaline would pump when they would stand up for themselves and each other. The storyline flowed well and was easy to follow. Both of Gabby's hospital scenes made my heart race. It was like I was living the experience reading each line to see if I would survive and ...more
A.C. Haury
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good mystery.
"Let Me Go" by L.L. Akers is a beautifully written novel with many surprising twists and turns that kept me interested from the very beginning. I loved the characters, both beautiful and flawed, and I felt as if I knew them personally. I do not give out five stars lightly, but this was an excellent book that will appeal to readers of fantasy and mystery alike, and I simply could not bring myself to rate "Let Me Go" with anything less that 5 stars. I highly recommend this book. Brilliant job by L ...more
Kim Ronse
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is very well written and kept me interested and wanting to read more about their lives. I felt like I was part of their family and wanted the best for them. Gabby, Olivia and Emma are wonderful girls that have been through such hardships that you want them to succeed in the end. Each chapter you read, keeps you wanting more and wanting the best for each of them. I myself have memento tattoo's and each time these women (girls) get theirs it is such a turning point in their lives. I love ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The beautiful cover camouflages the broken lives of a mother and her 3 daughters.
The.cover influenced me to give this book a try...(I'm a sucker for beautiful covers) but I had a really hard time getting into the troubling lives of these 4 female characters. I found myself hurrying through the book hopeful that one of them would break from the viscous cycle of abuse. A ver dark, heart wrenching story..
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was excellently written, clearly expressing all of the pain and troubles all of the women went though. This book captured me as I was reading because I grew attached to the characters and their pain. I hardly set it down once I started reading. The abuse done to the characters was heart wrenching as many times reading I wanted to reach into the book and gather them up in my arms and tell them they were going to be okay.
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