Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book Review: "For the Sake of a Child" (Stevie Turner)

Imagine that the place you work is not what it seems to be, and that the people with whom (or for whom) you work are not who they appear to be.

Sure, I've just described the plot line of The Firm by John Grisham, among other books, but it's also the plot of a recent suspense/thriller called For the Sake of a Child.

Ginny Ford has just been promoted, and the company executives seem nothing more than encouraging, upstanding citizens and business associates. She's delighted about the extra money and benefits, to be able to put toward her family.

And then, while minding her own business on the job one morning, she discovers a flash drive, hidden in the oddest place ... not just dropped or forgotten. Fully intending to return the item, her husband Larry instead talks her into checking out its contents. Both are horrified to discover that the very company executives for which Ginny directly works are perpetrating unspeakable crimes and operating a pedophile ring right out of the offices.

One horrific revelation leads to another: there is no one they can trust. Everyone to whom they might turn for help seems to be involved with the criminal activity, even once seemingly trustworthy authority figures in the community. Then, when the executives find out what Ginny knows, her own daughter Trudi is kidnapped and held to blackmail Ginny into silence. But now that she knows what's going on, and how so many children are suffering, can she really keep quiet?

Engaging and suspenseful, For the Sake of a Child is a well-written fictional approach to one of the most horrible crimes perpetrated against children in society today, and yet the story line softens the edges of what is obviously an issue near and dear to author Stevie Turner's heart so that the book doesn't come across as preachy or lecturing.

Instead, readers come to care about the characters --- who hasn't struggled before to make ends meet? who hasn't been surprised and delighted at the prospect of an unforeseen promotion that might finally make life more comfortable? --- and are therefore shocked when such a devastating reality comes to light and jeopardizes not only the family's happiness but also their security, safety, and even their lives.

But for the periodic error in punctuation and some difficult-to-navigate formatting, the work is well worth taking time to read, even if only (and perhaps especially) to become acquainted with the harsh, terrible reality that many helpless children face every day.

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Author: Stevie Turner
Title: For the Sake of a Child
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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