*** Upper New Adult Spinoff Standalone to the USA Today Bestselling Novel, Under the Influence***
“Shhhh, Cassandra, it’s our little secret.”
Secrets are stubborn things when they refuse to remain hidden. They tear through your soul, clawing and lashing until the pain becomes so unbearable, you’re left no choice but to silently scream your agony. No one hears you, of course. You smile on the outside and drift through life as though your mind is at peace, but all the while, you remain your own tortured prisoner. Sealed inside the darkened, soundproof room of your conscience, deafening cries echo as you plead for someone to unlock the door and release you from your nightmares. And eventually, when no one comes, you find ways to cope. To dull the suffering the only way you know how.
But what happens when you’ve become so numb, when everything around you has become so blurred, that you begin to lose focus on the saving grace standing directly in front of you? When you’ve anesthetized yourself to the point of losing consciousness, forced to watch as his once solid image fades away, lost to your reach in the haze as it smothers you?
What do you do then?
You fight. You heal. Then you bring him back.
Well, my name is Cassie Cooper, and it’s time.
No more secrets.
This is my story.
***WARNING – The subject matter of this novel centers around the psychological effects due to sexual abuse experienced during childhood. For this reason, as well as sexual situations, language, and adult themes, suggested reading age is 17+.***
Reviewed by Shera 5 of 5 Stars
I absolutely adore L.B. Simmons writing. Out of Focus is Cassie’s story and just like Under the Influence, it is written beautifully.
This book is filled with just about everything. Heartache, overcoming the past and will make you laugh, definitely make you cry and will make you fall in love with Cassie’s character. The good, the bad and the hurt. Hearing about her past was difficult, watching her overcome and persevere was totally worth hurting along with her throughout the story. She is strong, determined, yet she will fall. After being so strong for her best friend from across the street, Spencer, we finally see what kind of life this girl lived. She was so giving, worried about everything but herself growing up. Knowing what kind of life her friend Spencer was living, she wanted to not put worry on her beautiful friend. She wanted her friends to be happy, but in the process she wasn’t happy herself, and was trapped living a real life nightmare day in and day out.
Cassie is one true and through friend for sure. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the writing, I loved the feels and I loved the angst. This is a standalone BUT I implore you to pick up Under the Influence first so you can get the entire story. Trust me, it is one you want to read!