In the Absence of Monsters
Jayden Carter knew the path he wanted his life to take. He wanted to get his Master's Degree in History and teach. But when he answered an ad for a roommate and met mysterious doctor, Ethan Bryant, he's brought into a world he never knew existed and his path changes. It changes again for Jayden and he leaves Ethan with their friend, Lexi, in tow. Ethan loses himself in a haze of self-destruction and pain. With the help of a childhood friend, Gabriel, Ethan battles the demons of his childhood and finds a way to survive. Gabriel and Jayden wage an epic war for Ethan, but in the end, they may all end up losing.
Originally published as The Forbidden Room and A House of Cards: Deconstructing Ethan
As I read Aaron’s story, I vacillated between wanting to crawl into my own skin to save myself from every parents’ worst nightmare of a crime committed against their child, and wanting to crawl into the pages of the book and try my damndest to make this boy all better. Or if not better, at least to show him that though there’s surely evil in this world, it can’t possibly persevere where there’s also love and kindness.
-The Novel Approach