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My Sore Hush-a-Bye Paperback – October 20, 2012
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The entire story is narrated by a young teen girl Camille who lives with her Uncle Bob..She was told many years ago that her mother just up an left in the middle of the night..Uncle Bob promises Camille he will give her special love, gifts, isolate her from the mean outside world and protection for the rest of her life, so she thought...Camille is so happy one day when she is finally given a bedroom with beautiful windows and access to the whole house...The whole time thinking how much Uncle Bob really loves her..Until one day she sneaks down to the basement to check her old room, opens the bolted door and is shocked to find that Uncle Bob doesn't love her anymore..Reality sets in..Now she knows why she feels invisible.......
This is a very traumatic, heartbreaking, emotional story where it concludes with a shocking ending....But the story is not over yet....
Then Camille will cross paths with Cassandra in the sequel "Merge" where their dark secrets and true personalities will be revealed....
The third truth about "Sore Hush-a-Bye" by Renate Barcelos is that it is a brutal, horrible, crushing read. This is a book that had I not agreed to review it, I would not have finished. Child abuse, in general, is a hard topic. The story is told from the victim's standpoint and is so believable that it's hard not to feel sick as she talks about how she fears she's getting too old for Uncle Bob and he's looking to replace her. In Camille's stream of consciousness we learn of her journey from a home with a mother who is likely prostituting herself (Camille doesn't know what's going on but describes random men coming and going and getting sweets for staying in her room) to Uncle Bob's bringing her into a home where things happen that seem wrong and dirty but are a vehicle to being loved and cherished. People love you when you're good and do what they want.Read more ›
MY SORE HUSH-A-BYE creates a sort of Stockholm syndrome situation. The predator has been quite skillful in subjugating his prey and Barcelos takes us deep into the mind of his young victim, one of the most real characters I've read in recent independent literature, to show us the conflicting thoughts and emotions born of 8 years with an abuser who claims to be a protector.
I really don't want to give away any more. You'll just have to read it yourself to understand. And read it you should. Barcelos has again proven herself a master at capturing the voice of the haunted, the wounded, the troubled. And, as the hope of the human spirit triumphs over despair, we feel every nuance precisely thanks to Barcelos' skill with both the English language and the human heart. This is powerful stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not put this book down. Read it in one day... I actually felt like I was reading someone's life story. I will definitely read more from this author..Published 19 months ago by Lucille Speziale
What I liked:
It was a novel told in the first person limited narrative voice which sent shivers down my spine. Read more
The story could have been told in a few less pages, as the descriptions were more detailed than always held the reader's interest. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Susan Sajec
I couldn't put this book down! Absolutely gripping and mind blowing. It's what I call a "Hoover" book...It sucks you in and keeps you there! Freakin loved it!!!!Published on April 4, 2014 by Denise Gray
Renata does an amazing job portraying the life of this young girl caught in a terrible situation. It's heart-wrenching and sad but beautifully written. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Echoesian
Renata Barcelos is an amazingly talented writer. In her work like Mean and My Sore Hush-A-Bye, she peels the layers from topics that most writers are loathe to explore. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Martha Bryce
Oh my, this story got me going emotionally! Child abuse is something I feel very strongly about anyway, but this author tells a tale that really gets to grips with what it is like... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Amanda Green
This is the second book I have read by this author, I thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel so I was looking forward to reading this book, it did not disappoint at all so much so I am... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by The Kindle Book Review