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Sunday, 3 November 2013


The best thriller I have read this year which I am personally so excited about is......this one, I don't like to stick out anyone against anyone else, but if you have not read this, you are really missing out. I have a copy now in paperback, when I speak about this book everyone wants to read it, well, its signed, so tough! lol but seriously, you like a good thriller, not blood and gore, but something your mind is ticking over with all the way through the book? then this is for you

A Child is Torn: Innocence LostA Child is Torn: Innocence Lost by Dawn Kopman Whidden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Its been a while since I've read such a gripping story as this. I read a lot of books as a reviewer and when this one was suggested by on online friend of mine who reads a lot of thrillers I was kind of reluctant due to the book cover. Then I read the blurb. It intrigued me and the author gave me this to read an review.

I was only 1/4 of the way through when I recognised that this author has real talent. She has also written about a subject matter that kept my attention throughout.

Its not just about Brad the little boy whose parents were murdered, by him? or by someone else? you will have to read that to find out.
Its about all the different people involved, the Grandparents on both sides, the police, the school teacher, neighbour...oh endless and how interesting it all became. Yes its about Brad, then there is the leading Investigator and the Child doctor who works with troubled kids. So much in this book to keep you turning the pages.

I cannot rave about this author enough, she certainly took an unusual slant on something so misunderstood I'm in awe of her writing ability.

I've truly found another author that actually weaves a different story than the norm that is so fashionable at the moment. This book has certainly stood out in the crowd of my 134 books I've read this year.
I didn't know how this author was going to conclude this, but she did, and very cleverly. If I could have stood up at the end giving her applause, I would still be standing now shouting Encore Encore!
I now have Faceless. Which I will be reading very soon.

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When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two in unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, Which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are—NATURE or NURTURE?

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