Reviewed By Karynda Lewis
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 5 Stars
The devastating ramifications of abuse can be difficult for anyone to handle – let alone the most innocent among us. After years of vicious cruelty and horrid mistreatment, it’s no surprise that many tortured souls ultimately succumb to the gripping throes of addiction in order to cope with the lingering pain that stems from their living nightmares – and for some, the prospect of emotional and spiritual healing is anything but a foregone conclusion...
Such is the heartrending story told in The Weight Of Glass, the powerful debut by author Stuart Heatherington. In masterful fashion, Heatherington relates the tragic tale of a family torn apart by abuse when the widowed mother remarries an ex-pastor who eventually turns the once-happy family’s life into a hell on earth. The abuse only intensifies after the mother dies, leaving her three children alone and vulnerable to their new stepfather’s lustful, destructive rage. Years after their tortuous ordeal, brother and sister Lee and Amy reunite in order to scatter their baby sister’s ashes, each hoping to reach the peaceful point of closure that has eluded them for so long.
By highlighting the egregious effects of abuse, Heatherington does a superb job of shining a much needed light on an appalling issue that none of us can afford to ignore. In graphic detail, The Weight Of Glass chronicles the slow, agonizing descent into confusion and internal chaos from which the victims of abuse often find it impossible to escape. In Lee’s case, alcohol addiction becomes the life-saving crutch that eventually handicaps his ability to heal, but Amy’s unchecked resolve may hold the key to finally releasing him – and her – from their tortuous demons. Through their personal sagas, Heatherington inspires a compelling sense of empathy in the reader that, hopefully, will encourage the special kind of vigilance required to end the ruinous cycle of abuse once and for all. A highly recommended instant classic.
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