After reading a couple of books by the author of this book I will review, I was reasonably hopeful of a good read, as I really enjoyed them, needless to say I was very disappointed!
The book in question is - "Crying shame by Rosie Goodwin".
Claire has had a troubled past, one that seems to have leaked into her adulthood too.
Claire and her sister Tracey were taken into care when they were small after being sexually abused by one of their mothers boyfriends, this in turn led to her becoming a very troubled child and young adult, doing things that she will always regret.
Fast forwards ten or so years and Claire has got back on track, she has her own hotel, her own life and now a newly adopted daughter Nikki, though things are never as easy as that!
After a certain incident that ends with Nikki's adopted father committing suicide, Claire finds herself longing to return to her sister and her foster family to make amends for all past ill's, but what will she find when she returns?
I have always had a deep dislike of books that are written around the subject of child abuse, and even though my mother in law knows this fact, she still insisted that I would come to love this book.....I didn't!
The book starts off quite promisingly, Claire is returning to reconnect with her family, she ran away many years previously, convincing herself that her sister wouldn't need her anymore as she seemed to have really taken a shine to their new foster parents Molly and Tom, so after leaving and travelling to London (paved with gold and all of that!) she soon discovers that this is most certainly not the case, and finds herself doing things that she would have never imagined, just to survive.
She has made a few allies on her journey, them being a man named Christian and his gran, who are the only one's who knows of Claire's real previous life, an yet they still connect, with her even falling love with Christian, but she decides to concentrate on Nikki for a while, so puts her blossoming romance on the back burner for a while.
From this point on Nikki turns into the child from hell, a teenager but much worse, though with her previous problems taken into consideration I suppose you can understand why.
This book is desperately depressing, which I suppose from the subject matter it should be, but I felt that as one situation was solved two more even worse arose in it's wake, I honestly felt miserable until the last three pages, and even then I didn't feel that enlightened!
The book is mainly written about one of the worst subjects I can think of, child abuse, and though not graphic (thank goodness) takes over the entire book, with more than one generation of a family falling prey to it.
I think the one bit that really hit me the hardest was the area it was set. This book is written by a local author to my area of the world (Nuneaton, in the Midlands), so most of the story is set in my area, lovely when it as an "olde worlde" story, and I am just trying to work out where I am in the story, but this does contain certain events that are quite horrific (though again I must stress not graphically detailed), and actually taking place 5 minutes up the road from me, even in an area that I frequented as a youngster with my mates, it left me feeling very cold.
This was (I begrudgingly admit) well written, but for me was far too realistic with the subject matter, which some may well enjoy reading, but for me was a book I could have quite happily gone the rest of my life without reading!
Price wise this will set you back £12.99 (hardback) via www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x