How to express how I feel at the moment is deserting me. Emotional and blown away goes some way to describing my feelings, but it still seems inadequate. This morning an email popped into my inbox and I had to read it several times before I realised it was not only for me, but talking about my latest book, The Wendy House. This is how the email started and below that is the review the writer told me had been added to Amazon.
“Wow. Well-done, Pauline. You nailed it!”
Writing novels that address social inadequacies is a time-honored tradition among the greatest of authors, from Charles Dickens’, OLIVER TWIST on down to Margaret Atwood’s, THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Barclay has just joined that esteemed small group with her latest release, THE WENDY HOUSE.
Never has an author so masterfully entwined the horrifying reality of pedophilia into a story that keeps you wanting to read. Barclay has not delicately or sensitively approached the subject but brilliantly put it forward in all its darkness, while at the same time enticing the reader not to dwell so much on the crime, but to root for the victim to not only survive, but to tell someone, drop her guilt, understand what it is that is happening to her, reconcile with her mother, find resolution.
Oh yes, we want so much for little Nicola to give up her pain and flourish.
Told from the viewpoints of young Nicola and her mother, this intense tale delivers emotions first and information, second.
Pedophiles so cleverly weave their way into families and communities. They know exactly what to say and do to avoid detection and groom their young victims. Learning the signs of something amiss in a child/adult relationship is imperative and it’s all there in THE WENDY HOUSE—the gift-giving, the secrets, the booze, the threats, the strong relationship the abuser establishes with the parents.
Pedophiles can fool the experts so parents cannot be blamed for not detecting the crime happening within their families, but they will bear the results of that abuse—the sullen, unhappy children who later choose perilous lifestyles. And without doubt, they’ll bear the guilt for not protecting those they love the most.
THE WENDY HOUSE, an honest-to-goodness great read despite the subject matter.
I hope you now you understand why I am blown away and speechless!
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