He was Hansel.
She was Gretel.
Once upon a time, they shared a prison wall inside a crazy woman’s house.
When they meet again, he has a whip. She wears a mask. And fear runs high – for so many reasons.
What will happen when the mask comes off, the walls come down?
Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________
“The past can find you anywhere you go.”
I still have a lot of questions after this book even though some of my questions got answered while I read.
“I don’t talk about my past, Leah. Not ever. Not with anyone. If that’s what you’re here for, you should leave.”
I enjoyed reading more about Leah’s past and how she was kidnapped ten years ago. It was especially creepy when Mother rambled on to Leah on their way to The House. This woman seriously gives me the creeps.
I loved even more finding out about Hansel’s past in this book. His story is truly heartbreaking but I have a feeling it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to him…
“It seems to me like love should be a literal shield. It should offer physical protection; it should be a balm that heals real wounds. I lay back down beside him, and I wonder why the opposite is true – why loving someone almost always leads to pain.”
Things between him and Leah don’t get any easier though. I loved seeing how they connected with each other when they were captive, but unfortunately, ten years later, it’s way different between them and at the same time, some things don’t change.
Hansel is scared to let Leah see the real him. He’s always been her protector and now, showing her his weakness scares him. Which doesn’t make things easy between them after all this time apart.
“This man is mine. No one else’s. Only mine.”
I have a feeling Hansel is going to do something really stupid in the next book so I’m crossing my fingers for Leah to change his mind before that or for him to make some really good groveling once he messes up.