A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost is a swirling novel emitting brilliant strokes of poignant prose with a first-rate storytelling technique that is rarely seen in today’s market.
Set in a small town in upstate New York, the story immediately unfolds into conflict when the bodies of Brad’s parents are found dead while young Brad silently plays his video game.
Doctor Hope Rubin, a mental health specialist in childhood abuse and mental trauma, enters in to ascertain 10-year-old Brad’s mental stability. Dr. Rubin strives hard to lend a clear voice to the situation and ultimately a medical treatment for young Brad. Unfortunately, Dr. Rubin has her own demons to battle.
The plot unfolds down an absorbing path as Officer Marty Keal, an attractive bachelor and Detective Jean Whitley, a happily married mother of two, are assigned to investigate the double homicide. To their trained eyes, though, the facts don’t add up—something more sinister appears to be at work in their small New York town.
Author Dawn Kopman Whidden takes us down a serious journey into the often misunderstood and rarely discussed world of childhood trauma, mental illness, and abuse. She has indeed created a world fraught with fears, tears, and many unfortunate anxieties along the way.
Mental illness reveals itself in many forms; from the subtlety of forgetting where our keys are—to the rare times it manifests itself through violent tales of physical action like murder. “In her own way, Dawn Kopman Whidden has emerged on the scene to open our bewildered eyes to the mystifying world associated with mental illness and childhood abuse,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Written with a masterful attention to detail similar to works by authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ms. Whidden guides the reader into a hidden world that we haven’t seen—or thought of—since the case of the Menendez brothers. This is truly an eye-opening novel.”
Author Dawn Kopman Whidden is a 1976 graduate of Queensboro Community College, New York. She is currently married to her husband of fourteen years and resides in a small farming community in north central Florida.