Happy Wednesday book friends!
Today I am on the blog tour and sharing with you my review for this dark book!
Her father abused her when she was a child. For years she was too afraid to speak out. But now she suspects he’s found another victim…
Laura, a young woman struggling to deal with what her father did to her a decade ago, is horrified to realise that the girl he takes swimming might be his next victim. Emma is twelve – the age Laura was when her father took away her innocence.
Intimidated by her father’s rages, Laura has never told anyone the truth about her childhood. Now she must decide whether she has the courage to expose him and face the consequences.
Can Laura overcome her fear and save Emma before the worst happens?
Dark! Disturbing! Ugly!
This was a powerful and disturbing story… A story about sexual abuse and the grooming process leading up to it… told from the perspective of the abused, the abuser, and the mother/wife of the abused/abuser… this is a book I had to walk away from several times, I just needed to take a break from this subject matter…. it made me feel tremendously uncomfortable, it made my skin crawl and it left me with a sense of shame…. this really is a very difficult book to review… do I recommend it? I’m really not sure… was it well done? Absolutely… it was a real and raw look at a very taboo subject, there is no sugarcoating in this book…. and I believe this will be a very difficult read for a lot of people…
Laura was sexually abused by her father from the age of 12, something she has never shared with anybody… when Laura finds out her father is going to take a 12-year-old Emma swimming, she struggles to decide if she should confess what her father has done in order to save Emma from the same fate…. I think Laura is a good depiction of an abuse victim, struggling with doing the right thing and her own shame and blame… I had a tremendous amount of sympathy for Laura, and my heart broke for her! We also got the perspective of Laura‘s mother and father, their perspectives for the most part revolted me….As I said hard book to review…
I really do need to give major props to the author for taking on such a horrible topic…. although a lot of this book was difficult I think unfortunately it was very realistic…. end it is my hope just as I think it is the hope of the author that someone will read this and it will help them get through a dark part in their life…
*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***
Jennie Ensor lives in London and has Irish roots. During a long trip overseas she obtained a Masters in Journalism and began her writing career as a journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry. Her debut novel BLIND SIDE was published by Unbound in 2016. In January 2018 her short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition. Her poetry has appeared in many UK and overseas publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. She sings in a chamber choir.
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