Monday, May 20, 2013

When Smiles Fade - Paige Dearth

Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was eight-years-old. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his oldest daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels.

Emma's father's coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.

Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves.

Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.

My review

Paige Dearth has a way of writing that certainly makes you appreciate what you have in life. The story is no way near for the faint at heart, makes you think how good you have life and how sad but true child hood abuse is. The cruelty of people and the lives they lead can certainly not always determine the path they take in life.

Many will find this story morbid and depressing, but the realism of this story is that this happens to many chilren and child hood abuse is still happening.  Rape, incest, drugs, life on the streets, physical and emotional abuse is such a horrific thing but happening every day within life. Even Murder to survive.

Of course the book is fiction, but the scary and sad part is that these kinds of things happen in real life.

People who have suffered child hood abuse may not warrant this story. But Paige certainly does not candy coat her stories and she certainly tells them how it is. The downright realism is heartbreaking and cruel. Paige writes her story with part life experience= and the tell tale of what is out amoungst us.

Paige has a way of keeping the reader feel as though you are there. If you’re an emotional reader, you will shed tears; feel anger and heartbreak for the characters along the way. Its certainly an emotional rollercoaster ride from the first page.

The story is a touching and powerful story about abuse and its effects. How one even though life has dealt you such cruelty that life can be changed and certainly a journey to a better one.

The imagery has depth given to the story and the words are powerful which in turn gave this story a life of its own.

Paige has entwined characters from her first book within this one. It is not at all necessary to read the first book of her * Believe like a child * to read * When Smiles Fade * but you can see and follow along within this story.

Paige certainly writes a story filled with angst, hurt, emotional torture, cruelty and life. Nothing is ever glossed over, and Paige certainly knows how to bring emotions out in her stories.

( Honestly - I hate the cover – as a mother it makes my heart break – but once again Reality sucks and these things do happen) many tend to turn a blind eye to what happens around them. But keep in mind that this story can be true and that alone is HEARTBREAKING, true, and downright gritty and shameful.

Paige’s stories always leave you thinking about them for days after you have read them.

I wont go into the storyline - read the blurb and it gives you a gist of whom the story is about. My review is how this story made me feel as I read it and overal my thoughts and my own opinions.