While the story isn't definably a happy tale, it is an honest one that makes you fly through the pages in the hopes that Mazie makes it out free of her past in the end. The story truly is a tale of how"sometimes innocent people must defend themselves" and that opening up yourself to trust again is the best way to mend a battered soul.
The dialogue is raw, the character development happens at a life-like pace, and the story line - though depicting a desperate mother - never wavers on the edge of fantasy. Though fiction, MAZIE BABY could arguably be a firsthand autobiography for someone.
Reviewed by Jessica Czarnogursky for IndieReader.
Mazie Baby by Julie Frayn is a dark, jaw-dropping story of spousal abuse. Riveting and mighty powerful. The language is direct, right to the point. I could see the scenes playing out and they were not at all pretty, to put it mildly but this must be what it is to be a fly on the wall. Raw emotion spewed around in the openness with no disguises. Clear and precise. At the same time, beautifully prolific. Caught my attention and the fury to read on never wavered. ~ Brenda Perlin, Author