The irony of it is that the truth has turned out to be a whole lot easier to deal with than the ugly caps created by all the lies and silence.
Sexual abuse against children is always a hard read whether it is in a fiction format or on the news. I am always interested in the perspectives of others especially those that work with children to overcome the trauma they have endured. This perspective was unique because it set “down under” – a different culture from the USA. That being said, some things are the same, no matter what the setting is.
The Hooper family begins their crisis when they daughter Rachel is discovered taken a over dose. After the Mia Sandhurst examines her, she suspects sexual abuse and instigates further investigation. Rachel denies any abuse until her brother witnesses it. And then later on Mia witnesses the abuse as well. The abuser is oblivious to the abuse which may be a form of denial that is portrayed.
The account of this abuse is serious however, with so many issues in play with this plot, I felt that seriousness was more of an afterthought. The doctor discovers her husband’s infidelity after 18 years of marriage and then proceeds to develop several relationships. The brother who discovers other family secrets is on his own quest to score. A mother that is self-absorbed that you have no inclination to who she really is. I did feel the portrayal of Rachel was legit and compelling.
Silence never solves anything as this family discovered. Not one I would recommend.
A Special Thank You to HarperCollins Publishers Australia and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.