Jon Athan, the illustrious author of The Abuse of Ashley Collins and Grandfather’s House, brings you his 50th novel with this story of family and tragedy, discipline and abuse, and good deeds and bad consequences.
After tragedy strikes their home, Frederick Chandler—a stern, irritable, violent widower—pulls his teenage daughter, Sydney, out of school and locks her in his attic. He justifies his actions by claiming he’s protecting her from a cruel world while homeschooling her. But when a new neighbor moves into the house next door and their teenage son, Seth, interferes with his plans, Frederick begins to tighten his grip on Sydney—and Sydney starts fighting back. Discipline and homeschooling quickly turn into abuse and lessons of violence.Can Sydney survive her father’s wrath? Can Seth rescue her before it’s too late?Amazon Product Description
Wow. Just… wow.
Jon Athan celebrates the release of his 50th novel with his bleakest story to date. I just wanted to shower and go to bed with my teddy bear. There are places where I just wanted to scream at the father, and times I broke down in tears for all Sydney has endured. The abuse is coming from every direction, and this twisted man who is her father finds ways to justify everything he is doing to his own flesh and blood. And once justified, the next step is so much easier to take, so it just gets worse, and worse.
And that’s just the first part of the story – minus an agonizing, gut-wrenching part that hasn’t been spoken of, so no spoilers here. Can Sydney’s salvation come from a teenage boy? Did you read Jeff Strand’s Autumn Bleeds to Winter? That gave me more faith to put into the teenage hero angle, so yeah, I can see that. But Jon Athan keeps things more true to life with the cluster fuck of events that follow here, every bad decision stacking up like a horrific Jenga. Watch out, because when those blocks come tumbling down, you still won’t be prepared.
Oh wouldja look at that! My formatting has turned out to be the author’s initials!
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