The Guilt We Carry
Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O’Farrell has been haunted by her past. Unable to bear the guilt of negligence that led to the death of her younger brother, fifteen-year-old Alice runs away from home. She lives on the streets, makes one bad decision after another, and drowns her guilt in alcohol. But, everything changes when she stumbles...more
Alice wakes up in a strange room, with a strange man lying next to her. She's suffering a bad hangover, and doesn't remember how she got there. But she does know the man and one thing for certain. she would never have gone with him unless she was drugged. She tries to quietly find her clothing, but the man seems dead to the world ... mainly because he is dead.
It seems like she's made one bad decision after another for the past few years. She had had a bright future when she was a teenager... but ...more
Perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train and Winter’s Bone, Publishers Weekly praises The Guilt We Carry as “a gripping tale of redemption” and New York Journal of Books declares it “the Breaking Bad of the book world.”
Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O’Farrell has been haunted by her past. Unable to bear the guilt of negligence that led to the death of her younger brother, fifteen-year-old Alice runs away from home. She lives on the stree ...more
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Until she is happy no more. A freak accident takes her younger brother's life while she is in-charge, his babysitter.
After that, there is no happiness, only despair, and Alice leaves home, learns about life on the street. Once more a quirky twist presents when she wakes up with a dead body and a bag of cash and drugs. She takes the cash, leaves the body and drugs. Now hunted, she struggles to survive with her still-intact moral v ...more
DNF at 16%.
This book could have potential, but it needs seriously heavy editing first. The first flag was the very first chapter, featuring Alice in a swimming competition — and gratuitous description of everything from how far away each of her competitors is to how water muffles the roar of the crowd to the green of her eyes behind mirrored goggles that tint the world amber and the color of her hair tucked under her swim ...more
In 2005 promising swimming star 15-year-old Alice O’Farrell is left to babysit her 4-year-old brother, Jason. He makes a huge fingernail polish mess in her bedroom and Alice yells at him. While she is trying to clean up the nail polish, Jason makes his way to the basement and somehow manages to trap himself in the dryer and dies. Guilt-ridden, Alice ran away from home soon after this. Six years later, ...more
This was an action packed novel of a young woman on the run after being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The novel flashes back to 5 years prior when a teenage Alice is babysitting her 4 year old brother and he is killed during a freak accident. The grief and guilt are so overwhelming that 15 year old Alice runs away and never looks back. The author uses a deft hand to show the fallout as A ...more
But the other thing that really stood out for me in the descriptive narrative. was the use of sound. I read a few reviews here that ...more
Although it can seem like a typical thriller, Gailey’s focus on character sets it apart from many other similar works. Alice O’Farrell is a well-rounded character. Like all people, she has many di ...more
This book was described as a "Roller Coaster Ride" and I couldn't agree more. The Guilt We Carry holds true to its title as we follow Alice who had something so traumatic and horrific happen under her watch while she was a young girl she was unable to move forward with the guilt she carried and ran away from home at the ...more
I was wrapped up in the book though that didn’t happen until almost the halfway mark. There is a lot of descriptive writing that leaves little to be imagined. At the same time that descriptive writing allowed you to distinctly hear the major sound of the book. Sorry to be a little vague but I’d rather yo ...more
This mystery thriller achieves what any good book in the genre does; keeps you wondering until the end, care intensely about the characters, bad and good, and leave you an ending that is surprising yet believable.
Alice is a young woman whose promising life disintegrates due to the death of her little brother. She feels ...more
The Guilt We Carry follows a young girl who witnessed a horrible accident. The accident changes everything and she believes the only solution is to runaway.
Following Alice's life as a runaway is nothing short of interesting. She makes mistakes, but her journey towards home is eye opening. It's a story where you can really feel and relate with the charact ...more
Typically it takes me a week or two to get through a book.... a few pages before bed, an hour on the weekend and so forth. But this is the 2nd book I have read by Sam Gailey and both times I devoured it in less than 24 hours. The character details, both the actual characters and the way he uses context and landscape to elicit texture, lead me to reorganize my schedule so I can keep reading. Fortunately both times I read his books whi ...more
Oooh. This was just brilliant. I couldn't help but feel Alice's pain. I so badly wanted her to be safe and able to move on. Sinclair on the other hand, I wanted nothing but devastation for that evil little man. You can't read this book and not become invested in the characters and the storyline. THAT is the essence of a great story. And this is definitely that in spades. ...more