Four years ago, Judith and her best friend were kidnapped from their small Colonial town. Two years ago, Judith returned, tongue cut out, now a monster, no longer a desirable woman. Her friend did not return, she lies dead at the bottom of a lake.
The whole story is written in second person, as a way of Judith telling her secret love Lucas what she can’t say to him physically.
But Lucas is to marry another woman, unaware of Judith’s desires and true feelings toward him.
When a group from a neighboring town known as the ‘Homelanders’ attack, Judith learns that Lucas has been chosen as the person that will lead the opposing group into battle and lead them to victory.
The story is really a mix of different story lines. It is a story of self discovery, Judith teaching herself to speak by reading the bible aloud to herself when everyone else is asleep. It is also a story of lust and desire, Judith telling us the things she can’t say to Lucas.
It is also a murder mystery. Judith is teaching herself to speak so that she can speak out about what happened to her and reveal the true identity of her kidnapper, and telling everyone the truth about why her best friend is dead.
The book in general is captivating and well written. It is very poetic, and this really helps create the overall mysterious vibe of the book.
I really liked this book, and recommend to fans of ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart.