Five years after being kidnapped, Elian’s captor sends him into the mall–with a bomb strapped to his chest.
Across the mall is Maya, a girl whose crippling anxiety holds her prisoner in its own way.
Whether it’s chance or fate, Maya keeps Eli from ending them all. And now nothing is the same. Drawn together by their dark pasts, Maya and Eli know it takes only seconds for their entire worlds to change. But time will tell if meeting each other will change them for better or worse.
“They were alive, invincible, and yet already dead. They were everything and nothing.”
Life is precious and something a lot of us take for granted but it can all be over with a blink of an eye. It only takes one second for your life to change and Maya and Eli know this first hand.
Eli walks into a crowded mall with bombs strapped to him because Gabriel (his captor) wants to send a message. Maya is at that mall and sees a boy wearing a wolf mask acting strangely. At the right moment, she walks over and puts herself in danger to save others.
When the bomb doesn’t detonate, she helps him lose track of the kidnappers brainwashing and gives him comfort as the police take over.
This story is their live’s after that day, how they cope, how they live, and the haunting memories that flood back as the anniversary draws near.
Any Second will rip your heart out and make you feel for these characters. The brutal things that they have gone through and the heartbreaking outcomes. Eli and Maya have such a strong personal connection that will make you see the best in people. They only want to help each other overcome and grow and makes you want to do the same with your life. It breaks apart what you ever thought about another and makes you see inside their minds and their hearts.
This is a heavy and riveting story that won’t be for everyone. There are some triggers in here but I think everyone needs to read this important novel. It’s something that is going to stick with you well after you completed it.
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