After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?
It pissed me off. A lot. I ranted about it to whomever would listen while I read it... and even those who would have preferred another subject.
I had absolutely no idea the amount of emotions I would experience while reading this book. There was no way I could have prepared myself. So many times I either wanted to scream at or punch someone in the story. There was even a time where I had to put it down and just pass out, because I was so distraught.
This book was amazing. The characters were so real and the writing flowed wonderfully
But that's not why I enjoyed it so much. It made me think. It made me talk to other people about the topics it revolved around. It opened my eyes and did so in a story that was told in such a captivating way.
I will admit it was hard for me to read, and many times I had to close it and walk away so I could have a breather, but I am so thankful that I read this book. It truly is a great book.