Title: Damaged Goods
Author Name & Publisher: Sydney Falk (Playfair Cipher Square)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 – 147 pgs
“You kidnapped me.”
Ophelia paused without turning and gave a shrug. “Would you have come if I’d asked?”
Melissa’s youth was filled with tragedy and destruction, but she’s sifted the ashes and forged something better for herself, something survivable. Between the death of her family and her horrifying experiences in anti-gay therapy, she knows she’ll never be whole.
She doesn’t know that someone is watching, and when their plan is executed, she’s captured and reunited with someone from her past she never thought she’d see again.
I must admit initially, after reading only the first few pages I was unsure about this book, I thought it was going to be heavy and maybe preachy. How wrong I was, this is an outstanding and very sympathetic novel that treats a very difficult subject with understanding and compassion without being at all judgemental or condescending.
The author brought her characters to life and in doing so gave the reader an understanding of both mental health problems, and, indoctrination, and how a young person can be so traumatised by certain beliefs held by certain sections in society, that its effects can be felt from early childhood and follow them into adulthood.
Sympathy was also shown to some people who unknowingly, for what ever reason, can be mislead by certain organisations who appear to be acting in the name of Christianity.
I was totally gripped by this book and amazed at the way the author showed the evolving of Melissa from her tragic childhood trauma, her indoctrination as a youngster and her unravelling older years to her eventual rehabilitation. Ms Falks bestows her character Melissa with self effacing humour and this adds to the depth and the readers ability to bond and understand thisdamaged but ultimately brave survivor.
Damaged Goods is certainly a book I would recommend to anyone, no matter what their sexuality, this is a book about surviving what ever the odds, so I feel it can be appropriate for all to read, even though it also makes an outstanding statement against prejudice and indoctrination.
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