I curled up on this cold, rainy, overcasted day with this book in one hand and a drink in the other, a perfect day for this sad and foreboding book. The main character; a child; a tattered and broken survivor of the most heinous sickness of our species, child abuse. I dont think we should continue to throw money into programs to heal the victims, as much as the primary focus should be; but to stop the perpetrators of such crimes. And find a far less need to console the victims as to eliminate the possiblity of mentally ill adults who are sexually warped to ever be capable of acting out such behaviours; even if it should take the extreme measures of permanent physical alterations.
Time heals all wounds and with God this young person will find new norms and new ways of coping, but time does not take evil out of the heart of the diabolical sexual menences to society.And that is where our focus should be! I will end with a quote that jumped out at me right at the start of this book, quote "MADNESS ALONE SEEMS TO ALLOW THE WHOLE TRUTH TO BE SPOKEN". If madness crys out the truth then I hope that humanity will become DAMN MAD! I recommend this book when you want to look deeply into what darkness can be hiding in the hearts of Godless people!I 5 for its madness and another 5 for its honesty! God bless the Sheilas of this world with peace and the knowledge that not all people are such animals...some serve a higher law...humanity; when its at its most spiritually divine.
I enjoyed this author so much that I went to the local library to find some more of her books. She is a wonderful author, a terrific writer, and I love the detail she goes into to describe her interactions with these children. I have always liked stories of this nature since I was a teen. Would love to read her book Tiger's Child if I can get it and any other books written by her.
I was lucky enough to read this for class. It's an easy read, and yet so powerful that it made me cry multiple times, and stayed on my mind for days afterward. Readers will find themselves immediately pulled into Torey's situation with Sheila, and laugh and cry with them at their triumphs and setbacks. I know I will most certainly be picking up Torey Hayden's other books now.