By: Julie Berry
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780732298067


Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station.

Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to her childhood friend, Lucas. He is the boy who has owned her heart for as long as she can remember - even if he doesn't know it.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose - to continue living in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

Told in a voice that is achingly raw and intimate, this remarkably original novel will haunt and stay with you. It will fill you with Judith's passion and longing, and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last one.


An enthralling story of survival in a remote new settlement in an earlier time, date unknown.

Where our main star Judith tells her story as if writing to the boy she loves, Lucas. They live in a religious community with strong and old fashion beliefs.

Judith’s story includes kidnapping, murder, war and courage in the face of fierce adversity, made more powerful by the fact that Judith’s tongue has been viciously cut out.

Can she hope to speak again and be accepted by those in her small community? Most importantly, will she ever gain Lucas’ love?

A gripping story that will leave its mark on readers 14+.

This book was included in our October 2013 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob