Child abuse is never a pleasant subject and one that many shy away from when it comes to literature. This seems to be especially true when these stories are based on real life events such as the book Invisible Tears by Abigail Lawrence. I’m sure most who read this book will find the story upsetting, and potential readers should be warned that the contents may at times be a little to descriptive for some. That said though, I thoroughly recommend reading this book. Those that do will no doubt get a somewhat better understanding of what it is like to have ones childhood ruined. All I can say is that the book certainly affected me.
It doesn’t take long before the story starts to tell of the difficult life Abigail and her brother Alex have ahead of them. No more than a couple of pages into the book we witness how her new stepmother Sue starts mistreating her after her father leaves for work,
‘Next thing I knew Sue was screaming at me, “I called you, you little bitch and when I call you, you had better move!” The pain I felt was her right hand slapping me round the head, the force enough to knock me off my feet.’
Her new stepmother goes on to tell her how she is lucky to be taken inn and that no one else wants her. One would be hard pressed to find anything more damaging to say to a young girl. The part that affected me the most though was when she came to the realization that it was easier for her to be beaten, than it was to watch her brother receive the same kind of treatment. I won't go into more details of the story, but it contains many more horrible events that no child should have to go through.
The book itself is well written and rarely dull. Many ebooks I have purchased often suffer from bad formatting. This is not the case with this particular ebook. It is well formatted and also includes a table of contents, making it easier to navigate between chapters. As for the actual contents of the book, my impression is that it is well written, if at times a bit to detailed. Regardless of this though, it is obvious that Abigail Lawrence knows how to write, and I certainly hope to see more books by her in the future. I highly recommend this book and only marked it down one star as its contents might be upsetting for some, but I guess that is hard to avoid when writing about such a subject.
(reviewed the day of purchase)