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First published January 8, 2019
The world has been a scary place for Brooke ever since her older brother—her hero—confessed to murdering his best friend a year ago. She’s tried so hard to stay under the radar and keep her family afloat, but how can she be strong when the murder victim’s younger brother suddenly appears in her life, and an unexpected bond forms despite the haunting past between their families?
Jason was gone. My family was shattered. And dreams no longer fit into the nightmare we lived in.
I’ll have to smile the whole time and convince us that we’re going to be okay, that the next thirty years of once-a-week visits will be over before we know it, that watching the guards take him away afterward isn’t like having a piece of heart ripped from my chest.
I want, for just a moment, to reach for his hand, if only to hold on to someone else’s hurt so I don’t have to feel my own.
We keep trying not to hurt each other. But I did and he did. We are.
And dreams no longer fit into the nightmare we lived in.Things begin to take a turn when, one rainy evening, Brooke sees Heath walking home in the pouring rain. Heath is Cal's younger brother. Brooke doesn't know why she does it, but she offers him a ride. He takes it, albeit with hostility in his eyes.