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To begin with I wondered if I should / would / could listen to this book, the subject matter is to say the least a little sickening. However, I found the story although harrowing at times very interesting & the use of having the story from the 2 perspectives was an eye opener. Not a "cuddle up on the sofa" listen, but not a disappointing book.
This audio book, read by the author Meg Tilly is sexually explicit and while it is very graphic, and I cannot stress that highly enough ,it is not filthy for the sake of it. Do not expect it to be titilating. I found it quite harrowing.
Meg Tilly is extraordinary in the way that she reads. When she is being Gemma, the subject of this book, I could really imagine her as a child, and I found myself willing her to breathe before she passed out from being so tearful and distressed. Meg also reads the part of Hasen Wood, the predatory misfit. There is no doubt that he is a disturbing individual, but somehow I felt some sympathy for him, and his situation.
Gemma is a gulible, naive little girl who has already led a difficult life at the hands of her self centred, alcoholic mother and her boyfriend. When she is sold to Hasen Woods for his sexual gratification her life spirals out of her control,and she suffers beatings, humiliation and degradation.
The story goes on to explain how she is liberated from her tormentor and is then helped through the difficult legal system, and the traumas of coping with her experiences, with the help of a female detective and her husband.
I've never written a review on audible before and I've listened to countless books. I felt that I needed to on this one.
The story itself made me sick, sad and at times disgusted with myself for continuing to listen. I couldn't put it away though. It's like a car accident on the side of the road. You just have to see if somebody's ended up a bloody mess.
This book was written with a viscious, foul and truthful voice. It's painful to think of a helpless child in this type of predicament and it's sickening to hear the thoughts of the predator but I think it's a necessary story. I think there are far too many people in the world who don't realize the horrors that await children around every corner.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Despite the fact that at times the story was downright difficult to listen to, it is sadly a clear and graphic representation of the sexual exploitation of a child. Tilly does an amazing job narrating. it's incredible how believable she makes it with her dramatic skills. The sad parts are that much more difficult but the happiness when it comes is absolutely beautiful.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful