Reviews and Blog Posts: child abuse

Debbie doesn't do it anymore : a novel

by Walter Mosley

DPL Rating:
4

This was a first for me. The opening paragraph describes a money shot for a porn film. Debbie Dare is the stage name of a popular porn star whose aged ex-porn star husband is found dead with an under-aged partner. But these deaths are not the crime to be solved.

Reality Boy : a novel

by A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

DPL Rating:
4

A tough, unflinching look at a dysfunctional family and one young man's efforts to survive it. Gerald was defined as "The Crapper" at age five while his family took part in a reality show. At seventeen, he is still trying to escape this legacy. He is angry all the time:...

The witness wore red : the 19th wife, who brought polygamous cult leaders to justice

by Rebecca Musser

DPL Rating:
4

Written by an ex-member of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints (FLDS), Rebecca Musser was at one point the nineteenth wife of the group's then-prophet (he went on to have over forty wives). She describes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, especially of young girls, some of whom were married off...

A child called "it" : an abused child's journey from victim to victor

by David J Pelzer

DPL Rating:
1

I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about child abuse. But I did expect it to be good, moving, touching, heartbreaking, sobering, or inspiring in some way. It was not. This was the worst book I have ever read.

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