This novel illustrates how victims of physical, sexual or verbal abuse carry the deep scars for the rest of their lives. Using flashbacks, the author brings the main character's story to life and effectively ties together her haunting past with her present life.

This book takes you into the world of a woman dealing with childhood sexual abuse and the spousal abuse she suffers later in her life. When Ella Mae was a child, she was abused by people who said they loved her. She thinks she's escaped her tormented past when she marries a man who also abuses her. When she decides to break the cycle and leave after many years, Ella Mae discovers her daughter is his next victim. Fleeing her home to find safety, Ella Mae tries to start a new life but quickly finds out that her past may be catching up with her. (Genesis/black coral, Dec., 265 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Tera Alston