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Friday, 6 February 2015

When Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth

When Smiles FadeWhen Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paige Dearth is a masterful writer in this section of child abuse because of her involvement/experiences. However, we understand that repetitive rape happens over and over again, its hard for the child, hard for all involved and hard to stomach at times by the reader.

I didn't have to choose to read this, I could have turned my back on the book, however, Paige Dearth has a knack of keeping me drawn in, good or bad.


In some instances I did find a few things not needed to be repeated as I felt like shouting 'OK I got it'

Emma, I am just not sure what to feel or think of her. Damaged is the word I would use. Of course she is damaged after what she has been through, but to grow with the rage she feels, I understand fully.

She is on her quest for a 'normal' life, but can she find it, and what is out there for her.


With a subject matter as this, I cannot say I loved the book, of course not, but I did like the way it was written, apart from the repeats, which I did find annoying.


If your stomach can take reading childhood sexually explicit rape/abuse, then this book is OK, but if not, because it has explicit repetitive abuse, just be warned.


I would like to thank AuthorBuzz Via Net Galley for the chance to read this for a review





Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was eight-years-old. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his oldest daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels.

Emma's father's coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.

Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves.

Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.



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