When nineteen-year-old Avery awakens to flames consuming her family’s remote compound, she knows it’s her only chance to escape her father’s grueling survival training, bizarre rules, and gruesome punishments. She and her brother Cole flee the grounds for the first time in their lives, suddenly homeless in a world they know nothing about.
After months of hiding out, they are arrested for shoplifting and a shocking discovery is made—Avery and Cole were kidnapped fifteen years earlier, stolen by cult leaders they knew as Mom and Dad. Cole is immediately returned to his birth family, leaving Avery alone and desperate. She is uncertain if her parents survived the fire and is terrified to find out.
The loss of Cole and the trauma of her former life threaten to undo her, but when the police investigation reveals there may be more survivors, Avery must uncover the truth about the fire to truly be free.
Suspenseful, emotionally charged, and deeply thought-provoking, After We Were Stolen delves into the idea of family—those we’re born into and those we make—resilience, and the lengths a cult survivor will go to finally be free of her painful past. Brooke Beyfuss’s powerful debut novel sparkles with heart, grit, and extraordinary characters who will stay with you long after the last moment.
Avery awakens to her home in flames. She uses this chance to escape the terrible abuse from her parents. She grabs her brother, Cole, and they run for their lives. After running for months, these two are arrested for shoplifting. But when the police run their prints, they discover they are not who they thought they were. And they had been stolen as children.
Avery is a character which broke my heart. I will not give away everything but her trauma is heart wrenching. And to be honest, she breaks my heart throughout most of this book. Then there is Cole, you think his life is about to get better. But, is it really? His life takes a completely different turn from Avery’s.
Y’all! This is probably the best book of the year for me! I literally had to pause this book and catch my breath in places. And part of this is because the story is amazing but another part is the narrator, Jesse Vilinsky. I could absolutely feel the pain in her voice. And believe me…there is a lot of pain and loss in this story. I dang near cried twice!
Need an intense, emotional read…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.