Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review for The Debt and Lost Without You by Molly O'Keefe - 5 out of 5!



For the five kids who live at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles, life is a nightmare.

Carissa, the youngest, has been there the longest. And barely speaks. Rosa is sixteen and pregnant.

Simon keeps his head down and studies, hoping to get back the life he lost.

Beth and Tommy, in the middle of the darkness, have found each other, and all they want is to be together. But when they get caught making out at school, it puts everyone in danger. Tommy is used to the beatings from their foster father, but when Beth is singled out for punishment, Tommy can’t sit back and let it happen.


What happens that night rips apart the lives of the five teenagers forever.

After the blood has been spilled, a bargain is made. A deal with the devil that should have solved things. It should have fixed everything.

But nothing is free - not love, not innocence, and certainly not freedom. And sooner or later, all debts must be paid...




Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe.

I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer.

When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.

Except seeing Beth again.



No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too.

I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone.

I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well.

And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.

Being kidnapped.

And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.


*The Debt can be bought as an individual book, which is free, or The Debt is also included in the beginning of the book Lost Without You* I read one right after the other, so I'm going to include my reviews for both books! If you are like me then you will want to read Lost Without You right after reading The Debt! Both are 5 star reads for me!

Review for The Debt -

The Debt tells the story of a group of teenagers in a group home run by a preacher and his wife. They are treated horribly in that house, and things reach a breaking point that will change the lives of all of the teenagers. Among the group is Beth and Tommy, these 2 have a deep connection, but they aren't free to express their young love in the group home. The Debt is sort of like the prequel to the main story told in Lost Without You, and I think it does a great job of showing us some of what shapes these characters as the adults that we see in the next book, Lost Without You, and I think it's necessary to read this to understand the whole story. I really felt for these characters and I want so bad for them to be happy! Molly O'Keefe sure knows how to draw you in! Once I finished this I wanted to see how this story would play out! Interesting, quick read with depth!

Review for Lost Without You - *May contain some spoilers for events that happened in The Debt*

Lost Without you picks up 7 years after the events that happened in The Debt, Tommy and Beth haven't seen each other in that whole time, and each has tried to block out past memories. Lost Without You starts off with Tommy's POV, Tommy has been living half a life, he's a person with walls built up, and no matter how much he tries he finds it difficult to forget the past. Tommy also has this "Debt" that he owes some mysterious person hanging over him, so when the debt gets called in, he's almost relieved to finally put it in his past, but also understandably weary of the task he must perform. We also get chapters from Beth's POV, and her life has taken quite a different turn than Tommy's, but she is also living half a life, and she is drowning. When Tommy enters her life again, she doesn't know what to make of this "new" Tommy; especially when she doesn't know if he's friend or foe. Tommy and Beth are on a path paved with difficulties; some they create themselves, and some that they can't control. The depth of feeling between Tommy and Beth warmed my heart, and they also made my heart ache with all the suppressed need both of them were feeling. I love the connection that they built when they were younger, and I love that they still feel a pull towards the other. There's a lot of mystery in this book that I'm really looking forward to discovering, and I'm still not quite sure where the story is going to go. I need the next book now!!! The story is intense, emotional, and entertaining! I love the feel of this story, it's feels a bit raw and gritty, but also feels like there is hope. I'm definitely reading the next book, and definitely checking out more by Molly O'Keefe!

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