SAVING NOAH

 

4 out 5 Stars

  • Author: Dr. Lucinda Berry
  • Kindle Edition, 188 pages
  • Published September 12th 2017 by Rise Press

“We forgive murderers, not pedophiles.”

Whew! This is a very short, very intense, very sad book.

Still interested?

Okay. This book is about a pedophile who is still technically a child himself.

Are you still there?

If I haven’t scared you away, you will want to read this fictional account of a family in crisis. It is told mostly from Adrianne’s (the mother) POV as she tries to help her 16 year old son who is admittedly attracted to six year old girls. Ick.

Yes, it is a taboo topic, but in the knowledgeable hands of Lucinda Berry, that subject is spun into an absolutely riveting tale of love, family and motherhood. How far would you go to help your child?

I wish I could give it a 5 star rating, but there are too many cringe inducing moments in the family dynamic that I felt were milked for effect. Otherwise, the book is truly fascinating and gave me tons of new perspective on a subject I had not explored before. The writing is very fast and sucks you in immediately.

This is a book like These Violent Delights. It reads a bit like non-fiction, it is relevant, and has so much to offer in terms of educating the reader.

There is a twist that I did not see coming and I straight up cried a bit while reading. THAT doesn’t happen very often! Unknown

Reading doesn’t always have to be a guilty pleasure. Sometimes, an interesting take on a most difficult subject is just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks very much to the publisher and author for my copy. It was my pleasure to read and review SAVING NOAH.

Available now on Amazon. Saving Noah

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (From her Goodread’s bio)

Dr. Lucinda Berry’s background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. If you want to be notified of upcoming new releases, please visit: 14550035https://about.me/Lucindaberry

THE VISITORS

4/5 stars

  • Author: Catherine Burns
  • US Publication date 9.26.2017
  • Gallery/Scout Press

 

Let me just say this straight up: I LOVED this book. However……….“big but coming in now”………

A bunch of readers are not going to feel the same. If you’re looking for a heart-thumping thriller, you might want to skip this book for now. My mood as I started reading: I was burned out on baby abductions and murderous marital secrets. THE VISITORS was like a literary breath of fresh air for me! The book is interesting, unique, and, yes, spine-tingling despite the lack of car chases or police interrogations.

The book is going to attract people because it is described as the wonderful Emma Donoghue’s ROOM meets GREY GARDENS. To be compared to ROOM is a mighty long stretch and even after having read it can I barely see what the publisher meant by that reference. THE VISITORS is more like if Norman Bates were living with a spinster sister in GREY GARDENS. There is a Gothic feel, but the book is set in modern day, complete with cell phones and internet service.

This is an in-depth character study of an elderly brother and sister, Marion and John. Sounds so sweet and innocent, right? No. Nothing about Marion and John is ordinary or sweet or even traditional. They live together in a crumbling mansion that is overrun with rotting garbage, old stuffed animals and horrific secrets.

Once I started reading, I was utterly transfixed by the character of Marion. The story is told from her P.O.V and the author, Catherine Burns, does a phenomenal job of bringing Marion and John to life. Marion is a character that will stay with me for a long time. She grew up with a strict mother that still brow beats her (even though mom is dead now) and John, the brother, is a raging ogre. He vacillates between syrupy concern for Marion and lashing out at her in anger over trivialities.

Marion is pathetic, tragic, child-like. She has been told her whole life that she is stupid, clumsy and unworthy of love. She believes it. And so do I, as a reader. I found her to be quite a sympathetic character after all the abuse she has endured.

When John starts bringing in “the visitors” to live in the creepy basement, Marion turns a blind eye. Denial is her coping mechanism. And she does it well. Deny it, Marion, and it won’t be true. As Marion continues to daydream her life away, John, is free to carry on who knows what in the basement.

After John suffers a heart attack, we begin to see what Marion is really made of. WILL THE REAL MARION PLEASE EMERGE? The answer, my friends, is the pinnacle to this exceptional character driven novel.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Gallery Scout Press, and the author, Catherine Burns. The Visitors is scheduled for U.S. release on September 26.
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