Sometimes a story just comes to you, almost as if the main character had been waiting there until you noticed them. Then once you do and open yourself up to their story it just flows from you. Such was the case with my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.
Annie-Laurie Hunter heard the story from her main character Sarah and within five weeks had the story written. As she explained during the show, it was like Sarah was sitting next to her, waiting patiently for Annie-Laurie to keep up with her narration as she told her story for all to read.
Annie-Laurie’s debut book “The Sarah Puzzle” is intended to for mature readers, it contains explicit sexual content and in many aspects it can be called disturbing, however as many reviewers have stated it is one that you just can’t put down.
About “The Sarah Puzzle” (Taken from Amazon) :
“Tony, we’ve got a kid up here.” So begins The Sarah Puzzle. Why is a tiny mute child sleeping in a condemned building in the Village? Where did she come from and how has she survived alone? As the community fits the puzzle pieces together a horrifying picture emerges of pedophilia, psychological abuse, and murder. Can Sarah integrate love, caring, and faith into her sense of self, which was formed in depravity? The Sarah Puzzle can only be solved by grownups who will not stand idly by in the face of evil. Are you willing to journey with Sarah to solve The Sarah Puzzle?
As one reviewer put it…
The Sarah Puzzle is an engaging primer for what the helping community can and should do for victims of sexual abuse. Sarah’s journey from nameless, voiceless victim to a young girl who is well on her way to recovery, is engrossing, horrifying and hopeful, all at once. Though at times difficult to read, given the subject matter, the book is well-written, and the characters are brought to life in a really human way. Annie-Laurie Hunter has created and carefully crafted a wonderful main character, as well as those on Sarah’s Team. It’s a great example of the healing that can take place when sensitivity, caring, thoughtful intervention and compassion are at the heart of the helping community. This book should be required reading for anyone who works with victims of sexual abuse!
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Annie-Laurie Hunter
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