Bend Me, Shape Me
by Debra R. Borys
Series: Street Stories #2
Publisher: New Libri Press
Publication date: March 2013
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While the cover did little to impress me, I was curious
after reading the synopsis to Bend Me, Shape Me and I am delighted I agreed to
read it. Borys offers fascinating characters, a look at inner city homeless
children and combines it with a suspenseful mystery that kept me flipping the
pages. This is the second book in the Street Stories series but each work as a standalone. Three world review: suspenseful, enlightening and well done.
Bend Me, Shape Me is the second novel in the Street Stories
suspense series and tells the story of Snow Ramirez, a bi-polar street kid
about to turn 18. She’s convinced that psychiatrist Mordechai Levinson is
responsible for one kid’s suicide, and may be targeting her brother Alley as
his next victim. Once again, reporter Jo Sullivan finds herself the only person
willing to listen to one of Chicago’s throwaway youth. Snow Ramirez hasn’t
trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood
on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago.
When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s
time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Blitz may have been diagnosed
bi-polar, like Snow herself, but no way would he have offed himself like that
if the shrink he’d been seeing hadn’t bent his mind completely out of shape. Normally
she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up
world? After all, she’d gotten out from under the doctor’s thumb weeks ago and
it was too late for Blitz now, wasn’t it? Snow’s little brother Alley, though,
there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan
to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.
The tale begins with Blitz and Snow in an abandon building.
Blitz is having a bi-polar episode when he begins chanting about warriors and
the CIA. He kills himself right in front of eighteen year old Snow Ramierz and
she is convinced their doctor had something to do with this. Now she must find
a way to prove it and protect her brother Alley..but first she will have to
learn to trust others.
Snow is a powerful character who has seen way to much
darkness for a young girl of eighteen. She is street wise and has spent her
youth protecting her brother Alley and drowning her sorrow in pills. Snow and Alley are half Native American and
left the Washington Yakama Reservation with her mother and father. Their life
went downhill from there. Orphaned they have become wards of the state and both
show signs of mental illness. Snow is
strong, brave, troubled and incredibly fierce. Watching her open up and trust was profound. Jo
Sullivan is a reporter plagued by the conditions of the homeless children on
the streets. When Blitz dies she begins researching and eventually meets Snow.
I liked Jo; she cares and takes an active role in bettering her community. She
can be fearless and I enjoyed watching her work to find the truth. Ben runs the
center and while we didn’t have a lot of interaction with him, I enjoyed those
we did. Dr. Mordechai Levinson is someone you will love to hate and I found him
to be pompous and manipulative. We meet
other characters you help round out the tale including the Ramirez’s uncle.
Borys spun a fascinating and suspenseful tale all while weaving
in the lingo and life of homeless children in the intercity. She cleverly wove in government experiments
and repressed memories keeping me on edge. The tale has darker sides with drugs, and
implied sex. The novel is well researched and it clearly shows in the characters giving the tale a realistic feel. There was one or two characters and scenes I felt could have been eliminated for a tighter tale. The pace slowly built towards the climatic
conclusion keeping me engaged. Borys did an excellent job of bringing all of the threads together.
Bend Me, Shape Me is the second novel in the Street Suspense
series and my experience with Borys work. Fans of realistic suspense and
unique characters will appreciate this tale.
Four cups of coffee out of five
Labels: adult. suspense. mystery, Debra R. Borys, New Libri Press, Street Stories series