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Reviewed by Rita Vetsch for Readers' Favorite
Voices is an intriguing novel written by Roger Ladd Memmott. Kala Westergaard was orphaned as a young child and raised by her grandmother and aunt. The novel starts with Kala and her boyfriend, Tommy, out driving late at night. They encounter a deer on the dark road and end up in a ditch. But this accident will change Kala’s life forever, setting up a chain of horrific events that unfold before her very eyes. An old truck arrives on the scene and two men jump out of the cab. In a terrible twist of fate, these men are wanted for abducting women all over the state. They hurt Tommy, and when Kala runs, they chase her through the woods. One of the men rapes her, and then she escapes into the nearby river. Kala compares herself to Joan of Arc, with flames engulfing her from within, and must stay strong to deliver her wrath of revenge on the two men and fight for justice. When Kala regains her strength, she realizes that she is pregnant and thrown nearly into insanity when she finds out yet another ironic twist about the father of her baby. She is reminded of past events which led to her father’s death and how tragic life can be; was he really her father, though? Then Kala makes a shocking discovery in talking to another victim of the abducting duo: there is actually a third man out there involved in the abductions and he is the mastermind behind it all. Kala takes on a Joan of Arc persona to prepare for battle and to defend her tears, suffering, rage and honor. Will she come face to face with the third abductor? Will she survive and ever be happy again?
I truly enjoyed reading this masterpiece of a novel and hung onto every word as if it were the last. Roger Ladd Memmott has a talent in knowing how to keep a reader hanging on for more. This suspenseful and complex book is filled with ironic twists, excitement and thrills. The reader is able to get inside Kala’s head and know her most secret thoughts and desires. Roger uses the perfect descriptive words and details, making me feel I was there witnessing all the events unfold. I felt myself cheering Kala on, even if I didn’t agree with the choices she was making. Not only is this novel a compelling read, it also makes us think about life and how coincidences can catch us off guard and change our lives forever, thus forcing us to make choices we would not normally have to make. I absolutely loved this novel and feel that I have taken away a little piece of ‘Joan of Arc’ to put inside my soul.