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N. E. Childe could be, quite literally, any child. Vulnerable and ill-cared for, she spent her childhood, teens and early adulthood as a victim, preyed upon by sick individuals; people she knew but couldn't tell on. She went on to meet others who suffered equally and secretly with whom she bonded. Now grown up and middle-aged, she looks back on her younger life and recalls the sad and shady parts of it, including her own unsuccessful suicide attempt. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The accounts will sadden but her efforts to overcome depression will gladden your heart as her tales pull the heart strings, and yet other accounts will make you smile or laugh. Mostly this book is thought-provoking, and depicts the therapy sessions that finally meant a way out of the past, and to the end while this child suffered some disturbing experiences, she still held onto her sanity and her sense of humour to come through it all.
The author of this book is a friend of mine. Therefore my star rating of five stars isn't for my enjoyment of the book but rather for the quality of writing. I couldn't possibly enjoy reading about the trauma my friend has endured but I can admire her brevity and strength for sharing her life with others. Her tale is both shocking and heartbreaking but has been written in a manner that isn't highly graphic in content. It is also a tale of hope to others, through all the difficulties faced, she survived and still survives.