- File Size: 1297 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015WF747O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The book grabbed me from the beginning, as Dr. Graham Burns embarks on an investigation to find out what really happened in the household of Christine Stephenson and her ten year son, Wesley, back in 1987. The author, Daniel I Russell, craftily weaves the plot, pushing the story forward at a perfect pace, providing just enough information to keep the reader on edge. The clues are dribbled out slowly, keeping the suspense high. He captures some of the common threads of childhood in the 1980s brilliantly.
RETARD touches on many themes: motherdom, discipline vs. nurture, problem children vs. brilliant children, child abuse, mental illness, delinquency, and what happens when things go wrong. As far as Psychological Thrillers go, this one ranks right up there at the top. The novella has all the suspense of a Stephen King novel with true-to-life drama that can happen, and has happened, probably many times over the course of humanity.
Vivid characters, a realistic plot, crisp dialog, and impeccable writing make this book a must-read.
But the takeaway from this was that it felt authentic and that is important to a reader who becomes emotionally invested in a novel(la). That was what earned all 5 stars in this review. Bravo on the story!
I wish more authors would use this style of authenticity and period writing. Perspective is everything in literature.
This short tale about young Wesley and the horrors he endures at the hands of his mother is both unflinching and uncomfortable. The story is a bit of a departure from Russell’s usual work and it shows that he is not afraid of exploring different themes. Wesley’s torment at the hands of his mother is very explicit and on more than one occasion I had to take a breather from reading. Russell hasn’t simply written this book for shock value. The subject matter is handled well and the characters are fully realized. Emotions will certainly run high during reading that is for sure. The novella length works well as the pressure Christine finds herself under builds and builds throughout the book building momentum and driving towards a dramatic conclusion. You know pretty early on that there will be no happy ending with this one, though the books conclusion sure did surprise and kind of knock me over.
I think that this will be a real Vegemite of a book. A love it or hate it read that will no doubt get people talking. For me it is a powerful, thought-provoking story that will leave a stain on the memory for some time to come. Well done, Mr Russell.
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The ending of this book made me cheer for the little boy in it. If you ever wanted an abuser to "get their own" you want to read this book.