I think some of you must have heard stories about girls being abused and getting pregnant by their father/step father. This is one of such stories. This book is based on the author's true life events.
From the moment I read it, I couldn't put it down. It was something I've never read before. This was what happened to Tina Davis and I cannot imagine such things happening to any other girls in this world! I mean you've read about children suffering from hunger in Africa, child labour or children being abused by parents but never heard about a child's event to this extent!!
She was abused by her stepdad from the age of nine, catering to his sexual needs, cleaning the house spotless, suffering violence from him, getting beaten and imprisoned in his own house! He's the father to her four children and at the age of 26, she finally had the courage to leave him. That's 16 years suffering from her abuser!
This is a story of survival. Truth be told, I was actually depressed while reading this book XD I would have never made it out alive if you were to put me in such a situation! I was depressed because never in my wildest dream I would hear such a man who would do that to an innocent girl and also it's depressing that she could not get out of her abuser for so many years!
And it's all the more depressing that justice was actually not done. He only got 11 years imprisonment for doing such things to her and another victim. Imagine two girls, one of them abused for 16 years and he only got 11 years? In addition, he will only be jailed for half the time and the other half, he would be on parole. How could there be justice?? However, to Tina, she wrote that justice was done and he deserved it. I do not agree with her on this. Besides, from what I've learnt through family law, I could very well see that social services were very irresponsible in this situation. They did not probe further into the situation to find out what was really happening between Tina and her stepdad. That was very disappointing.
I actually had to take a step back after reading halfway because I was too drawn into the story and I was feeling very sad and angry about the situation. As I said, I was depressed. I'm like that. I have a heart for children and what happened was definitely not right at all!
However, I did admire her courage to survive for the sake of her children and finally leave him forever. She must be emotionally paralysed and psychologically damaged from it all but this story had a happy ending, thank God!
I'm not sure if I would recommend this book for leisure reading because it's definitely not leisure! But if you are interested to read a good story of survival, this is definitely a book to read! It also makes you appreciate your good life, though not perfect because some others out there are going through a living hell and we should be grateful for whatever we have now!