Empty Chairs: Much more than a story about child abuse (Standing Tall and Fighting Back. Book 1) Kindle Edition
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She runs from a mother, and a hell house into the streets, alone, afraid, hungry and in danger for her life. All through her life on the streets, I read, waiting for something terrible to happen to her. But then, her life on the street was nothing but death itself. She risked her life every single moment she walked the streets, the parks, the crannies, even the people she met. She couldn’t and wouldn’t trust anyone, and then, the story ended, or did it? I don't like Cliffhangers!
The story is very traumatizing to the reader, how much more Stacey who lived it. I could only feel my heart ripping off for this little girl. What a wasted way to live. But Stacey lived long enough to write her story.
We lean into the action as depicted through the eyes of eleven-year-old Stacy. We suffer every night and rejoice each new day that the eleven-year -old is still alive.
Just by virtue of the subject matter, this was a hard story for Ms. Danson to write, and it is equally hard for us to read. Several scenes are not for the faint of heart. Known on the streets as “Sassy Girl”, Stacy lives up to that name and it’s that sassiness which helps her to survive and it’s what endears her to the reader.
The book’s pacing is good and the ‘Kings Cross’ characters that she interacts with are well drawn and ring true. The conclusion of Empty Chairs is somewhat abrupt (thus the 4.5 stars), but it leaves us hopeful that Stacey will find her way out.
I had to give it 4 stars because there were too many misspelled words and the ending was too abrupt for my liking. I did appreciate the author's explanation but wished she had finished the story before publishing it.
Thank you, Suzanne for sharing your story. Hopefully it will help others.
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