A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom—instead becomes a prophetic brand to those who wear it. Fleeing from their less-than-perfect childhoods into adulthood… twin sisters, Olivia and Gabriella, and their younger sister Emma, instead find themselves wounded and broken, flittering back into a cycle that relentlessly clings to their family; a cycle they can never seem to escape.
A touching story of one mother and her daughters, bound by blood—torn apart by abuse. They begin their lives intertwined but are forced to fight for their survivals separately, struggling to hide their fear and undeserved shame from each other and the world. One of these women finds herself trapped — alone — as she battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in fear, she grapples through her obscure dreams and memories of the past, sorting which belong to whom: physically harmed, mentally damaged, sexually abused, an unwanted pregnancy… and even the vivid memory of a dangerous dance with death in a last attempt to escape the shambles and horrors of a seemingly unchangeable situation.
Deeply evocative, Let Me Go is said to fall into several genre's. The suspense of the girl in the box grabs your attention from the beginning, and is woven throughout the coming-of-age story. Let Me Go falls into the New Adult category as well.
What kind of book is Let Me Go?
Let Me Go is my debut book into the world of writing, and Book 1 of a The Let Me Go Series. All the books are stand-alone, with no cliffhangers. Many people have asked me what genre it is, and the truth is… I don’t know. The first book falls into so many areas; crossing from Suspense to Coming of Age, to New Adult and Women’s Fiction, with a dab of fantasy and even a pinch of mystery braided throughout the story.
My intention when I starting writing Let Me Go was just to write a New Adult novel. I soon realized my version of New Adult was very different than many out there on the market—parts of it are a little dark. No boxers, rock stars or rich kids carrying iPhones and iPad’s attending fancy colleges and driving fast cars; but I couldn’t change my story… it is what it is, and it was almost writing itself.
My story does fit Wiki’s description: fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket… a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘New Adult.’ But Let Me Go looks at another side of New Adult; the side where kids didn’t grow up with nice clothes, braces, allowances… expecting to go to college. Instead, my characters were just happy to get out of the house, away from the drama of their childhood—as fast as they could—thinking that was the answer to all their problems.
H.M. Ward, the #1 bestselling New Adult author in the world, perfectly described the New Adult genre (at least as it applies in my book), this past week, in a comment on a writer’s board that I frequently pop in and out of:
“New Adult isn’t about age, although the characters tend to be early 20’s. Themes tend to revolve around getting acquainted with life, addressing darker subject matter of death, rape, abuse, etc. It’s not about sex, either. It’s about getting the rose-colored glasses of childhood bitchslapped off your face by the phenomenon known as life,” H.M. Ward.
She nailed it.
If you’ve read Let Me Go, you’ll understand why I agree.
About the author:
L.L. Akers is originally from the Midwest where she grew up climbing trees, haystacks, and haylofts—escaping into other worlds with a good book. She enjoyed playing cow-pattie hopscotch and outrun-the-bull with her siblings.
She now lives in the South, the silly wife of a serious man, and mother of: one very gifted and fetching male-tween, a chubby beagle that looks astonishingly like a mini-cow, a deranged terrier as well as five Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards, and dozens of obnoxiously loud serenading frogs.
After a career in human resources, she now pursues life as a recluse writer; hanging out at home in her PJ’s with her iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and her posse of creatures. Regardless of her self-isolation, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries.
Let Me Go is her first novel, and book 1 of the Let Me Go Series – each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhangers.
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