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Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is and what he's willing to do to make her stay.
Now Clara has left the city and Christian behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....
313 pages, Hardcover
First published April 5, 2011
“I am beginning to think there are two kinds of people,” she said.
“Those who forgive themselves too easily but will not forgive others.”
“And?” I asked.
“Those that forgive others too easily but will not forgive themselves.”
“You read all kinds of books and see all kinds of movies about the man who is obsessed and devoted, whose focus is a single solid beam, same as the lighthouse and that intense, too. It is Heathcliff with Catherine. It is a vampire with a passionate love stronger than death. We crave that kind of focus from someone else. We’d give anything to be that ‘loved.’ But the focus is not some soul-deep pinnacle of perfect devotion - it’s only darkness.”
“It was clear I was standing beside Christian on the highest ledge of a building. I was looking down. I could see the street way, way below and the tiny people and the tiny cars honking: I could feel the cement wall under my hands and the sick feeling in my stomach. Doing what I needed to do to get off safely – it surely meant Christian would jump.”
“I want to let you know that whatever the word is that's more appropriate than love right now... I whatever-that-word-is you.”
“In the kitchen, dad’s back was to me. It seemed like a complex back. It had years of experiences I would never know.”
“It was a blue sky day and the ocean just kept being the ocean – wide and consistent, in and out, in and out, bringing its little presents to the shore and taking them back again.”