Friday, 24 January 2014
Review: Salvage by Keren David
Aidan Jones was my brother. But I couldn't really remember his face. I couldn't remember talking to him or playing with him. He was just a gap, an absence, a missing person.
Before she was adopted by a loving family and raised in a leafy Home Counties town, Cass Montgomery was Cass Jones. Her memories of her birth family disappeared with her name. But when her adopted family starts to break down, a way out comes in the form of a message from her lost brother, Aidan. Having Aidan back in her life is both everything she needs and nothing she expected. Who is this boy who calls himself her brother? And why is he so haunted?
I glance at the paper. There's a big picture on the front page. A girl with dark red hair. A girl with eyes that might have been green or they might have been grey. I sit down and stare at Cass, and it is her, it is. My stolen sister.
Aidan's a survivor. He's survived an abusive step-father and an uncaring mother. He's survived crowded foster homes and empty bedsits. His survived to find Cass. If only he can make her understand what it means to be part of his family. . .
A quick review for a brilliant book
Salvage is typical Keren David gritty and raw with fabulous characters who you can't help but root for. I loved every page and struggled to put it down as I was desperate to know what was going to happen next.
Salvage is the sorry of Cass and Aiden, siblings separated as young children when Cass was adopted and Aidan entered Foster Care. Years later they find one another on Facebook and get to know each other again.
What I loved about this book was seeing Cass and Aiden discover one another again and come to terms with the very different upbringings the pair experienced. While Cass fell on her feet with wealthy parents, Aiden found himself moving from place to place never settling in one place for that long. Aiden's story particularly is utterly heartbreaking when you seeing the impact his early experiences has on him long term in his own confidence and in his interactions with those around him. I was utterly hooked to find out more about his story and background.
All in all a fantastic and heartfelt story which I thoroughly enjoyed.