The start to November has certainly put a smile on my face as two new five star reviews appeared on Amazon for The Wendy House.
The Wendy House is a compelling story that tells the touching story of the horrors of abuse and the deep emotional scars it leaves behind. The author writes and captures the true feelings and emotions of the trauma the victim is going through and how it effects the whole family dynamics, with the shock waves and secrets of the feelings of fear and repercussions of speaking up.
A very difficult and taboo subject to write about in a novel, some readers may find its content upsetting, but the author handles the difficult scenes in a gentle, honest and respectful way. The book really makes you become involved with the leading character, it is gripping and you want to reach in among the pages and offer help and understanding. 'Tell someone', you feel yourself saying. I have read all of author Pauline Barclay's books and they are all very good and excellent reads, but this is her best work to date.
A disturbing and moving read that looks at paedophile abuse in a painfully believable way. The Wendy House of the title is a child’s play thing, lovingly created, but its purpose is to entrap and corrupt. There is no snatching and abduction of children, but the slow, cunning grooming of a victim that leaves her emotionally and intellectually shattered, a disappointment to the parents who never suspect, for one moment, what is going on, and who, unwittingly, become virtual accomplices of the abuser. Nicola’s helpless, guilt-ridden torments as a child lead on to turmoil in adulthood until she finally decides to speak out. Only then can the guilt be directed where it is deserved.
A very good read that pulls no punches.