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The Path Keeper by N.J. Simmonds
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did not like it
bookshelves: netgalley-arc-s-read

Firstly, thank you to the publisher, author and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

TW: incest, rape, religion, attempted suicide

Bechdel: No

The Path Keeper is a book that I was holding out relatively mediocre hopes for, but unfortunately they haven’t been met. The book starts out with a nice trigger warning:

“The Path Keeper is a work of fiction but features potentially upsetting themes including sexual abuse, death and mental health issues. It also includes scenes of a sexual nature.”

Which is appreciated, however I don’t think I was prepared for the messaging behind the sexual abuse, and that is one thing that I can’t look beyond.

To be honest, I don’t even really want to discuss the plot or the characters, the only thing I need to know about the book can be summed up in this paragraph (I’m not going to put a spoiler warning on it either because people need to know what they’re walking into):

‘What the fuck! I thought he was going to rape me, Zac. Why did you wait?’ ‘Ella, if it wasn’t for the fact I’m madly in love with you, I would have stood aside and let him continue. It isn’t part of what I’m here to do.’ Clearly her face said it all because he hesitated before continuing. ‘Let me start from the beginning. Before anyone is born they’ve already picked their life path; their parents, the challenges they will face, and the lessons they’ll learn. That’s the whole point; life’s not meant to be easy.’ ‘You’re telling me people choose to be sexually abused, or to die horrible deaths? You’re telling me people that are injured in wars ask for it? What is wrong with you?’ She stood up and poked his chest with her finger. ‘I thought you were meant to be pure love and light? That sounds like a cop out!’

People do not choose to be sexually abused
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Reading Progress

September 2, 2017 – Shelved
September 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
August 12, 2018 – Shelved as: want-to-read-pub-2017
January 20, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-arc-s-to-read
April 3, 2019 – Started Reading
April 3, 2019 –
11.0%
April 4, 2019 –
23.0%
April 6, 2019 –
39.0%
April 7, 2019 –
59.0% "oh ffs"
April 7, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-arc-s-read
April 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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