A Child Is Torn: Innocence Lost (Marty Keal #1) by Dawn Kopman Whidden (Review by Misty – #NerdGirlShadow)


Title: A Child Is Torn: Innocence Lost (Marty Keal #1)

Author: Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Rating: December 12th 2012

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When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two in unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, Which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are—NATURE or NURTURE?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Misty – #NerdGirlShadow’s  Review***

 A little boy is found in his living room, playing a video game. His parents are found upstairs in their bedroom, beaten to death. The little boy takes responsibility for the murder, yet no one seems to think he could be capable of such a horrifying crime. How could such a small child commit such an unspeakable act?
A Child Is Torn is realistic, heart wrenching, sentimental, confusing, intriguing and addictive. It’s a quick read, which was great for me, because I couldn’t put it down. The characters are believable and developed nicely. Lots of twists and turns gave sufficient excitement and kept my interest piqued.
This book was not at all what I was expecting. I saw the cover and thought I would be creeped out the entire time. The books surprised me in so many different ways. Not only was it incredibly well written, but it had suspense, a great mystery and a little romance sprinkled in for good measure. A killer recipe for a great read.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Sarah Bird

    I wan thinking the same thing by looking at the cover. If you say it’s good I’ll have to look into it. Thanks misty !

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