Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Title: Scars
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Fifteen year old Kendra was abused, and has started cutting.  However, someone is following her, leaving her cryptic messages that only she understands.  She can only remember the abuse, but she can’t remember the identity of her abuser. She finds solace in her art and her therapist and a classmate named Meghan who is possibly becoming more than just a friend.

Review: This book made me cry on more than one occasion and it made me sick in others to learn some of the tactics that abusers will go to in ensuring that their identity doesn’t come to the surface after time passes.  The mental games that abusers play with their victims the ‘training’ that was given to Kendra, when she was being abused, was absolutely unimaginable. 

She was trained by her abuser to cut rather than to talk about what had happened to her.  She had started recovering memories, recovering bits and pieces of the abuse she’d received when she was younger and the only piece that was missing was the identity of her abuser.  However, her abuser does not want his identity known, and goes to many different lengths to ensure that Kendra does not talk.  But, like all nefarious plans, things ultimately fall apart and the identity of her abuser is made known and other victims are soon sought because there was a very large chance that Kendra was not the only one that was abused by this man.

This book gives a chilling insight into the mind of the abused, and the things that they have to deal with on a daily basis and what sometimes drives them to begin self-harming.  Self-harm was a way to release the pain and to bring a sense of calm to the world around them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been abused, who self-harms, and who lives with the scars of a nightmarish past.  There are resources in the back of this book that are beneficial to anyone who has ever considered cutting.  Read it, and it is decidedly one of those stories that will linger with you long after the book has been closed.

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