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Mama's Madness Paperback – February 2, 2012
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An excellently written story about an abused protagonist (Tammie Jo), her sociopathic mama, and the senseless crimes that Mama and her accomplices commit... Chitwood's ability to interweave the profile of a monster, the coming of age and redemption of a girl, and a fascinating multiple-murder investigation is masterful. I highly recommend "Mama's Madness" for lovers of gritty murder investigations that include the perpetrator's, victim's, and detectives' point-of-views.
From the Author
This was a tough book to write and there were times when my emotions were raw. This novel has a different ending and some novel action scenes than the actual case referenced, but the punishments and the fiery murders are all real. My ending for 'Mama' is different from California's ending for 'Mama.'
The world simply had to know that such evil exists in our world. We must protect our children from such madness.
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The main character - "Mama" is a despicable human being. She is, in fact, by virtue of her acts - inhuman. And then you remember this is based on a true story. It is sobering to read fiction that is so frightening and imitates life.
As a news junkie and observer of the human psyche, I'm all too aware of the horrific acts humanity imposes upon itself - through acts of war, in the name of religion, and in many instances, via the instability of the mind. The landscape of Mama's mind is dark indeed, and the worst part is she shares it with the people around her. As the reader, we see the results of her warped way of thinking.
I commend Mr. Chitwood for not being gratuitous with his description of the horror. He allowed the story to dictate how much detail was needed. Mama's wrath in itself was bone-chilling enough, and the author did a very good job of conveying this.
While many Indie authors follow well-trodden paths of `popular genres', Chitwood's work cuts its own route through the underclass wilderness of modern America. Based on real-life events - but fictionalised in the telling - Chitwood's story is by turns compelling and disturbing.
The central character, Tamatha Preen, is a monster for our time. Inhabiting her own self-centred and embittered world she inflicts psychological and physical damage on her daughters while keeping her sons cowed by alternating violence with affection.
Chitwood has an authentic voice articulating the world of the grifter and petty criminal hovering at the margins of society. The writing is gritty, laying bare the animal beneath the thin veneer of civilisation. Child abuse, theft, deception and murder all feature in an heady cocktail of corrupted morality - yet these topics are handled without sensationalism, and at times the novel has an almost journalistic feel to it.
This is a brave book, swimming against the tide of literary popcorn, and it deserves a wide readership.
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