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The Guilt We Carry

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  42 reviews

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

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 9th 2019 by Oceanview Publishing
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Linda Strong

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
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We start of the book off with Alice. Her parents are letting her babysit her younger brother instead of hiring a babysitter. One night she is babysitting her brother Jason and they get in to a fight after Jason has drawn all over her room. A few hours later Alice’s keeps hearing a noise. She ends up the basement thinking Jason is playing in there (Jason isn’t allowed in the basement). She actually finds Jason in the dryer which somehow had turn on. Jason dies. Alice runs away after a while.

We t
Patricia Gussin
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice is a young teenager, happy, smart, the star of her swim team.
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
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
Aug 10, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
(I received a free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.)

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
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. Gailey is a highly recommended thriller and tale of redemption.

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,
The Reading Raccoon
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for this review copy of The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. Gailey.
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
Frances Carrillo
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick read but completely enjoyable. Loved two things, first how the way characters are developed, they are real and not model characters who you will always root for. For example you can appreciate the zombie like state her mother goes into and you feel the pain that Alice the main character carries through out her life because of the author's descriptive style.

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
Angie Lyn
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Page turner! Packed with details so you feel like you are walking beside the main character! Must read!
Kathleen Gray
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Alice's perfect life spiraled out of control after her younger brother died while she was responsible for him. She's descended into a world where there's no good news. Then she finds a big bag of money and thinks things will look up. Not. Now she's being hunted down by the man who wants the money back. This is a good story at it's root but it would have benefited from an edit to pare a bit. I think this actually would make quite a good movie. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Worth a read. ...more
Jenee Rager
This novel had an interesting story line, and I felt for the most part the characters acted in a manner that was consistent with their development which was nice, but in all honesty the writing itself seemed a bit amateurish, and it made the whole story lack that spark that takes a novel from being simply okay, or good, to making it great. I really struggled with all of the bloody death scenes, particularly the one with law enforcement, that Alice just walks away from. The odds of law enforcemen ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked this treatment of the Redemption theme. The story is presented in a cinematic style, with lots of color and sound and action and dialog. I suppose I prefer a literate style with character depth and motivation. Poor proofreading results in confusing shutter/shudder and coarse/course. It's an ordinary thriller with almost good girls and very bad guys, with no outstanding features. The book I borrowed from the local library reeked of smoke. ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, arc-s
ARC from Edelweiss

This book was unfortunately not one I could read. I got a few chapters in and couldn't do it. If the book had some extra editing it may have improved.
Ammar Habib
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thriller genre is often said to be over-saturated with veteran authors and new talents, making it a tall task to break into the genre and gain exposure. Finding a gem in the sea of novels can be difficult, but it is always worth it when you find a jewel such as Samuel W. Gailey’s The Guilt We Carry.

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
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Guilt We carry is a novel centering on Alice O'Farrell an all American girl. She is the star of the swim team and driven succeed. She seeks and is given responsibility at home. At fifteen her parents allow her to babysit her brother. It goes well and she again watches him again and in an almost impossible chain of events ends in tragedy. Alice is unable to face her parents and shortly afterward runs away. She is drawn into a world where she lives day to day at the bottom rungs of society. Sh ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Oceanview books for the copy of The Guilt We Carry that I was fortunate enough to win in a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and left voluntarily.

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
The book description really sucked me in. I have been wanting to read it since I read that. Thank you to Goodreads and the author for the opportunity to read this as a Goodreads giveaway winner.

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
Peter Quinn
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sam Gailey brings his screenwriter’s eye to his second novel; The Guilt We Carry. This story has vibrant scenes, stagecraft, and characters who form in your imagination in detail.

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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Samuel W. Hailey and it was a great read! Different from what I have been reading lately, but wonderful nonetheless.

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
Michael Hughes
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Make sure you have time because you won’t want to put it down.

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
Grace Koshida
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Teenager Alice O'Farrell feels responsible for the tragic accident that killed her younger brother Jason. She runs away from home and for the next 6 years, her life spirals out of control. Then one morning, she wakes up next to a dead man and a duffel bag full of cash. Alice decides to take the money and run but the dead dealer’s drug supplier wants his money back and goes on a merciless manhunt to find her. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Daniel Menacher
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The guilt we carry is a solid 3 or 3 1/2 stars. No less and no more. A solid read, with fairly interesting characters. The pace is good and the story wraps up well. But if you gave it a 5 than you have low standards, And if you gave it less than 3 than that's on you, and you were having a bad-read day. I liked it; I liked the protagonist and the bad guy. It's worth a read. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Andy Nasisse
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gailey writes well. Intelligent, clean, and relevant prose that moves a great story along at the perfect pace. This book keeps you engaged and has an almost perfect ending! Why the book jacket calls it "The Breaking Bad of the book world" is beyond me! Writers should put their foot down when publishers want to do bull shit stuff like this........just cheapens the package. ...more
Nina Wagner
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I love the characters, and the author did such a great job of describing the area around Eltons home that I have a real visual in my mind of what that looks like. There was one thing that logistically didn’t make sense, but it really didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I also didn’t like the name of the book.
Rene Jurelet
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is a cliché from start to finish. The plot is totally unoriginal. It seems like it was written with the hope of being turned into a TV movie. Fans of Gillian Flynn or Daniel Woodrell will be super disappointed with this one.
Bob Lingle
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The writing is very engaging, Gailey has a superior skill-set for painting a detailed picture and placing you inside of it. There were a couple elements of the story I felt lacked resolution, but the overall pace and plot kept you along for the ride.
Janet E. Rash
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A strong story about wrong choices and their collateral damage in the life of a guilt ridden young woman runaway.
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