Title: Tears In The Rain
Author: F. Leonard Myers
Published Date: March 2016
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
A narcissistic storm has raged inside Peter Webster for ten years following his bitter divorce. Driven by revenge he has waged a subtle but incessant war to win the allegiance of his daughter, Julia, and turn her into a weapon designed to destroy his ex-wife, Sharon.
He appears to have won when, at age 14, Julia abandons her mother’s home and soon thereafter completely terminates her relationship through a series of denigrating, judgmental emails and slamming the door on the possibility of any future communication with her mother.
Unfortunately, life with her father turned out to be different than advertised. She developed a seething volcano in her belly that relentlessly burned its way to the surface until, three years later, it blew and Julia found herself confined to a locked psychiatric ward after a very nearly successful suicide attempt.
Julia is the victim of a narcissistic relationship with her disordered father whose single-minded, vengeful goal is to completely destroy his ex-wife by eradicating the relationship between mother and child. Unfortunately, it is Julia who is nearly destroyed and a team led by Dr. Elizabeth Malone find themselves fighting time to prevent her being lost forever should Peter Webster manage to re- establish his manipulative control.
“Tears In The Rain” is a story of the tragic impact of the silent and little understood epidemic of narcissistic revenge and parental alienation. It is a story experienced by thousands of innocent children and targeted parents caught at the destructive intersection of pathological narcissism and toxic divorce.
Narcissis or Parental Alienation; A controversial term for a disturbance in which children are obsessively preoccupied with depreciation and/or criticism of a parent. This happens usually from a nasty divorce. Julia has been subjected to this by her Father even before her parents divorced. She hated her Mother, but didn’t really know why. She was unhappy living with her Mother and Sister and Step-Father, but has memories of good times. She don’t really know why she moved in with her Father. It wasn’t until she slit her wrists and the right person was driving the ambulance knew of her from his neighborhood and knew of her Father that she got help and answers to some of her questions. He knew she need more than just an emergency rooms help. So he made sure she got transferred to where she should be, another hospital in another town, with the best Doctor for Julia.
You follow Julia and her family through the investigation of why and who and deprograming. This story was very interesting to say the least. It really makes you look at life and divorced families in a different way. Not all divorce families go through this, but a lot do. I liked how you got to know each person involved on a personal note. I liked that some were already connected by different means.
I really liked this book! The best part besides Peter getting what was coming to him, was the ending. It showed recover in progress and hope. Victim’s don’t always have a happy ending, or something to give them hope. I really like the authors style of writing and how he put the story together. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
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