My Name Is Venus Black
by Heather Lloyd
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: The Dial Press (February 27, 2018)
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Coming of Age | Family Issues | Crime
Print Length: 368 pages
Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.
More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.
My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd
Coming of age can be a beautiful thing, but for Venus Black, it was a dark and emotionally tumultuous time, a time of pure hell, pain and brutal loneliness. Venus wouldn’t talk about the night she committed the most shocking of crimes, not even when she knew it would shred the fragile bonds that stitched her family together. Not even when her brother went missing, because what good would it do? She was guilty, she would pay the price, but was it really her debt to pay?
Five years later, still just a teen, Venus is released from prison, alone, broke and with nowhere to turn. Discover the strength of a young woman who is determined to make a fresh start, to keep her past in the shadows and to never be hurt or betrayed again. Will it mean sealing her heart off from the world? Can she do that and learn to heal?
Ghosts from her past will haunt her until she sets her demons free and to do that, she must discover what happened to her brother and reveal the truth of the night the lights went out on her young life.
MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK by Heather Lloyd is the tale of a young girl in her darkest moments who must claw her way into the light through her own pure grit and determination. Along the way, she will learn the true meaning of love, trust and hope, but not until she has taken on more than her share of pain. Witness Venus grow in strength and character through the raw and riveting words of Ms. Lloyd in this superbly written study of humanity at its worst, best, strongest and most endearing. More than one soul will be saved by forgiveness, more than one soul will be forever changed by the actions and chain reactions of one fateful night for one young teen who had no one to keep her safe.
I was completely taken by the power of Heather Lloyd’s pen. The beauty of this story is in its stark nature, its emotional turmoil and finally in a renewed faith in a world that holds the key to hope.
Strong characters, heartbreaking scenes and untold secrets, sometimes life can be unfair, sometimes it teaches us strength and courage, MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK is a perfect example.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Random House Publishing Group!