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Her Silent Tears" by Kara Tollman is one eye opener of a book. A heartbreaking story of the abuse of a child that continues into adulthood. A very well written and talented author.
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The publishers summary suggested that this was a book that touched on everything, every sort of abuse imaginable. The author makes a point of letting the reader know that this is based on the life of a real person – a true story.
This must be one of the most depressing books I have listened to in a long time. It does touch on every kind of abuse imaginable from a young child being molested by a stepfather to marrying someone exactly like him in the verbal, physical and mental abuse that she suffered because of that decision.
There did not seem to me to be any redeeming factors for this woman, she was unable to escape the cycle. The phrase that comes to mind is from a country song "… If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair and agony on me." I don't say that to make light of the situation or the subject matter, however it truly embodies everything in the book.
The author made it a point several times in her opening remarks and closing remarks that we must, as a society and individuals know about these abuses and put a stop to them. It is certainly something that I agree with but I'm not sure what audience would benefit most from a book with this subject matter. It seems more appropriate for a classroom for those studying social work or becoming counselors, etc.
This isn't to say I didn't like the book – it just left me a bit depressed with the feeling of helplessness.
The narration was fine it was professional and gave life to the main character and her struggles. It is not a book with a pleasant topic and I applaud the narrator for being able to convey, what I think the authors intent was.
Notes: discussions of physical, sexual, verbal & mental abuse beginning with the main character as a very young girl. Strong language, violence and maturity situation
This would receive an 'R' rating for the subject matter alone
Three stars overall, four stars for narration & three stars for the story
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