The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008 | Unabridged
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From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan townhouse. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents' party, in her parents' life. But she can't resist the magic. Later, she waits for the click, click, click of her mother's high heels, the angry words, and the pain that will follow. Gabriella already knows to hide her bruises, certain she is to blame for her mother's rage--and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents' aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, respects no person, no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415960646
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
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Additional Contributors: Fusco, Anthony
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Feb 19, 2018

*Severe trigger warning for physical abuse.*
I don't normally mention trigger warnings or content warnings in my reviews of novels, but I feel it is more than warranted here. Steel writes in vivid detail every beating that Gabriella receives from her mother, and one from another character later in the book. I understand where she was going with it, and why she had to be so graphic, but it was a lot to handle.
Steel has the habit of giving her characters everything they want and then ripping it away from them mercilessly. This novel is no exception, as Gabriella thinks she has surely found her happy ending, only to have it abruptly yanked out from under her. This poor girl had so many terrible things happen to her that it was difficult to keep reading. Had I not been listening to this on audiobook I feel as though I may have stopped. There was so much trauma and abuse here that it almost got to the point of being ridiculous.
As always, Steel flushed out her characters brilliantly, hence the three star rating I've given. But, given the amount of abuse, and the rushed ending, it lost some points. Hopefully the next Steel I dive into will be more upbeat.

IMolina3 Feb 04, 2014

best of her bestess..

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