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- Print Length: 67 pages
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- Publication Date: September 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0153FCW0M
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Betrayal: The Consequences Kindle Edition
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The title “Betrayal: The Consequences” seems to carry a far deeper meaning than just showing the consequences of the graphic murders. It also shows us that they were undeniably consequences of the betrayal Helen experienced as a helpless child. This idea was already present in the first book, but now we have a chance to meet Helen in her sober state and read a letter she wrote when she was clean of drugs. She relates how her mother, a social worker, and many other seemingly innocent people betrayed her and collectively turned her into a monster.
When I was reading that touching letter, I realized that not everyone would become a murderer in the same situation, but it was clear that the betrayal Helen went through would break most children to the point that they would find it difficult to ever trust anyone. I had to wonder how many of such broken children walk among us and whether they have the same desires as Helen. Perhaps it’s not so uncommon that adults do not believe abused children who seek their help.
Many people are simply insensitive and lazy. When someone does not want to get involved in cases of suspected abuse, we tend to look at such people as merely negligent. We tend to think they are not as cruel and therefore not as evil as those who are involved in abuse directly. While many people would understand somewhat if a victim took revenge on her abuser, we find it less relatable when mere onlookers are slaughtered.
The word “Consequences” in the title is very apt. Utilitarian philosophers challenge us to revise traditional ethics and judge an act not only by its own nature, but mainly by its likely consequences. In this light, if we do not stop some obvious abuse while we are in the unique position to do so, we are equally responsible for the consequences as the abuser is. Helen’s mother, the social worker and any reasonable adult who had a chance to hear Helen’s story while the abuse was still happening was in such a unique position. They all contributed to what she became.
Personally, as someone who has worked with children, I believe that most children can cope with almost any kind of abuse as long as there is a loving person they can confide in and who will do whatever it takes to protect them and seek justice. Helen did not have such a person, which seems more frightening than the abuse itself. She did have a close friend later -- but she might have felt he betrayed her too. To tell more would be a spoiler. Her letter will make any sensitive person cry and see the first book in a different light.
The other characters are also very interesting and it’s fascinating to watch them change their opinion on Helen, as they learn more about her case.
Few books are so touching and thought-provoking at the same time.
This is a powerful and heartfelt follow up to book 1. It could easily have been an act 4 added to the prior 3 act drama, but I respect the author’s reasons for choosing to break this one off from its predecessor. The material is very dark, which is consistent with the prior installment. The little girl who was tormented, sexually, physically, and emotionally abused growing up is an adult now, paying for her crimes and for the revenge murders she enacted against the people who turned their backs on her when they had a chance to help her. You can’t help thinking those people deserved some form of payback they were never going to get, ironically, unless the victim did take matters into her own hands to help balance the scales of justice. But even after she enacts her revenge, both she, and the investigators in her case, and perhaps the reader too, feels hollowed out. It remains a very sad tale, and out there are people who have payback coming to them for their role in things, for doing nothing to help an innocent girl when they could have, that are still walking around free. So things are not exactly wrapped up neatly with the tale’s end. But that is as it should be, I suppose, as the tale should resonate with you and live with you for all time so no one ever forgets, and no one ever sits idly by allowing something like this to happen to someone, making excuses. With both novels reading as they do, I don’t believe anyone who might have been inclined to do nothing in similar circumstances, could, after putting down the books, not if they have a heart and soul.
I have not read the first Book .
However, the author introduced past events which allowed me to piece together all the facts.
I enjoyed reading this book.
it was a sad story which brought tears to my eyes.
Sharon Brownie is a very good author and I look forward to reading more of her books.
If you read the first book, you should definitely pick this one up. It’s not that long, but it will answer all the questions that you might have left after finishing reading the first “Betrayal.” Great psychological portraits, characters that will stay with you long after the last page is turned – all this makes it a great conclusion to the story. Five stars!
Many abused people who ask for help are not believed. This book makes an important statement about the consequences and it makes you question who should be held responsible. A short book that makes a big statement.