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5 Stars Out Of 5
April 11, 2010
Sharon Rogers' latest heart-pounder is reminiscent of John B. Olson's Shade or TL Hines' The Unseen, or even the old Jimmy Stewart movie Harvey, yet it remains a unique story all its own. What if there was a being that no one could see, feel, or even experience? What if these beings existed, anyway? ...What if one of them chose to come to your aid?Baby Doll is the adopted daughter of Lehigh's most notorious crime lord, Charlie Murphy. However, Charlie has just died, throwing the crime underworld into chaos. And Baby Doll may know more about it than she lets on.Boy is a Drifter, a forgotten creation of God, left to wander the sands of time. When he spots Baby Doll at the cemeteryor, rather, when she spots him, because Drifters are invisible to most humansan instant bond begins to form between the pair. This Tether forces Boy to remain within a certain proximity to Baby Doll at all times. What follows is a rich and emotional tale as the two struggle to cope with each other's plight in the face of their own lonely existences. Through various obstacles, Baby Doll and Boy come to discover their true purpose in this world; but will they be able to fulfill them in time?This book is a haunting and absorbing supernatural thriller that does more than just entertain; it forces the reader to look at the world in a new way. I loved the way the author chose to tell the story, using both characters' points of view and incorporating flashback, as well. A deep understanding of these characters develops throughout the story, bringing both of them fully to life in the mind of the reader, and remaining there long after the book has been put down. The story is well-crafted and well-written, and would be an excellent addition to anyone's bookshelf.
Drift is the story of two lost souls. One is the adopted daughter of a Mafia enforcer kept more as pet than person. The other is a being so disconnected from time and substance he exists only to be tethered to someone, anyone, more real than he himself is. In some cruel form of control Baby Doll has never been told her real name, though she has begged for that connection to her past since a little girl. And on the day, as a young woman, Baby Doll attends the funeral of the man who held her virtual prisoner her entire life everything is changed by those four haunting words, Do you see me?Baby Doll sees a young man whom she can only think to name, Boy. The story he tells her is as fantastic to her as it will be to the reader. Boy has no idea what he is or how long he has existed. His life gains substance only as he remains tethered to one person. Only the person who he becomes attached to can see him and there is no guarantee how long the connection will stay intact. To tell anymore more of the story would be an injustice to both the author and the reader.At first glance, Drift is a fantasy or perhaps an allegory. Admittedly the concept may at first scare some readers off (it almost did me). But, give yourself half a chance and you will find yourself drawn into as intense a story of redemption as fiction can offer. Boy serves as a surreal picture of what it means to feel invisible as so many people in our culture do. Baby Doll is his alter ego: wealthy, well groomed, well educated, and just as much without substance. In the end, Drift is about discovering our reason for existence. For those who dont know, the author, Sarah Carter Rogers, is as much an enigma as Boy and Baby Doll. Whatever her true identity, she writes in prose that literally bleed with raw emotion. Sometimes it seems as though the writer herself is whispering along with Boy, Do you see me?
This story is one that will capture your heart as you watch someone transform before your eyes. You see a "woman of the world" who is a hard-hearted, self-assured girl that slowly develops into a sensitive, caring woman from the influence of a unique being that enters her life in a very unusual way. This being is supernatural, but even in his state of absolute misery and dissolution, he begins a process of transformation in this girl that even she doesn't see or feel. Through this story you realize just how important people are to our lives and how much of an impact we have on the lives of others. Even when you don't think anyone notices or cares what you do, trust me, they do. No one is inconsequential in this life. We ALL matter. We are all loved by God, and we are ALL here to make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. I loved this story so completely from start to finish. I honestly hope that there will be a sequel to this story or, even better, a series written from this amazing plot.