Title: The Voice
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
**WINNER in the 2014 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS, BEST YA NOVEL
**FINALIST in the 2014 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS.
During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.
Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.
Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to — a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage
My phone glitched last night and my touch screen didn’t work. I normally read on my phone and since that wasn’t an option, my insomniac-self grabbed an easy read off the shelf. I will disclose this from the start-I read The Voice for the first time, about two years ago. It became my favorite stand-alone book back then….and after reading it again last night, it still remains my favorite today. I know Audrey and I review a lot of Jennifer Anne Davis’ books, but her books are amazing. What can I say? She is one of our favorite authors.
One of the reasons I find the works by Jennifer Anne Davis so appealing is because she writes with clarity, excitement, drama, expression, romance….and yet she manages to stay within the lines of not crossing over to inappropriate. I believe, this was an exceptionally difficult task while writing The Voice. The protagonist in this story is also named Audrey, I won’t deny that could have endeared her just a little more to my heart. Fortunately, the story is full of drama, heart wrenching drama that is even more traumatic because it is so believable. Despite including a touch of psychic flair, the story is captivating and feels like it could totally happen. (Please, no, though)
The Audrey in the book feels like a real person. Her thoughts, actions, emotions, and even her family are all plausible and feel normal. After her rescue from being abused and terrorized, Audrey is crippled with fear in everyday situations. Her reactions and thought processes seem conceivable. As a mom, I hope I NEVER have to truly know how I would react if my Audrey suffered the anguish the story’s Audrey endured. I do hope that I would be more sensitive on how my actions would affect my daughter. At times, I felt frustrated with Audrey’s mother and frankly her whole family in the story. It’s hard to fault them too much however, loving your child and wanting to help them recover and not exactly knowing how to make that happen would be painfully awful (I think that is putting it mildly)
Audrey’s Aunt, Kate Brown, is one of my favorite characters in this book. **On a side note-Kate made #2 on my list of “Impressive Literary Parents/Guardians” Codex, posted August 4, 2017-Please check it out 🙂** Aunt Kate encourages Audrey in a way parents can’t always have their intentions heard. She is a sweet lady, also dealing with her own personal life struggles, but she manages to help provide a haven for Audrey where she can begin to heal. Audrey’s recovery is also directly linked to Kate’s two unique and special neighbors. The relationships Audrey develops with these two teenage guys allows Audrey to learn to accept herself as a person again, not just damaged leftovers. The two brothers who are abnormally sensitive to Audrey’s tendencies, moods and emotions are more than just supportive of her and end up rescuing her from varying situations.
This book contains some heavy situations. As I said before, Jennifer Anne Davis delivers us a compelling story including said heavy situations with tact. I am admittedly a sap so it should be no surprise that this book, one of my favorites, elicits tears from me each time I have read it. I highly recommend reading it.