Review: Collared by Nicole Williams
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Nicole Williams
Published: March 22, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Dark, Adult
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Nicole Williams:
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.
***This is a standalone novel***
“I’m just hoping you’ll figure out one day that you can’t save everyone. Sometimes you have to just let go.”
Can I even possibly formulate a proper thought right now? After reading this book, a host of different emotions took me over because everything about this story was so subtle and real.
Collared begins when 17 year-old Jade Childs was kidnapped by a man who’s so sick and twisted. For about ten years, she was held captive and was literally collared by a man who has an obsession over getting back his biological daughter who happens to look exactly like Jade. Jade’s childhood sweetheart Torrin Costigan was left devastated after she was abducted but he did everything to find her and didn’t give up. Now, ten years later she was finally found and was back in her family’s arms. Things could have been better after that but she later on realized that ten years really changed a lot of things, including her relationship with Torrin and everything between them.
All the things that happened in this book hooked me the entire way through. The plot was gripping and intense and there was definitely a touch of darkness that is centered around the crucial parts of a girl’s traumatic experience. What happened to Jade was so difficult to take. And what she went through after she was found– the depression, the confusion of whether she should forgive or hate the man who took away her dreams, was even a lot to take in. Things even made it more difficult for me when Torrin suddenly revealed the huge decision that he made after Jade was lost. I was so stunned and hurt and devastated ugh my heart is torn into pieces!
“When you love someone, you love them. You love them as hard as you can, as best as you can.”
It’s been a while since I’ve read something as emotionally driven as this book. Collared sure portrayed a unique, heart-tugging story that was so subtle in the emotions. One of the best parts of this book was Torrin and Jade’s series of interactions and dialogues. These two really made so much sense. I was really hoping that the stars would collide and that their love will find a way in the end.
This book is not your typical mushy, romantic book. It’s emotionally draining but in a good way. Regardless of its dark and sensitive theme, I would highly recommend this book to everyone who’s brave enough to face a heartbreaking and soul-crushing story of two characters who have gone through such a rocky road towards reunion. Hats off to Nicole Williams for this wonderful book that gave me a good cry. 🙂
“I spent ten years wishing you were here. I got mine. Maybe one day… someday, you’ll get yours too.”
(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)
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