At the age of six, Dani Mays witnessed her alcoholic, abusive father murder her 16-year-old brother Jacey, and then she is essentially abandoned by her mother who is unable to cope with the tragedy. After years in the foster care system, and a string of foster families, Dani has finally found a place she wants to call home, and someone she wants to be with, Reece Tyler. But, she is still haunted by the demons from her past, and bothered by the fact that Reece doesn’t seem to want to be anything but her friend—while she wants more.
Then, people from her past begin to reappear, and she has to learn to face her memories. Songbird by Angela Fristoe takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride with Dani as she finds herself torn between Reece and Colin, the son of one of the foster families to whom she’d once been assigned. Fristoe writes of teen angst like someone who remembers how terrible the teen years can be, but with the deft hand of an author who also knows how to pen a nail-biting thriller. While this is a romance novel for teens, older readers will also find it compelling reading. I give it four stars.