13:24 A Story of Faith and Obsession by M.Dolon Hickmon was provided to me free through Librarything in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book is definitely not for everyone especially the faint of heart as this is a very strong and emotional book. It is about a couple of children who experience physical abuse at the hands of their fathers or parental figures.
It starts out with a murder and naturally you assume that you would feel connected and sympathetic towards the victim. However this is not the case you soon realize that the real victim is the 15 year old murderer.
What I found so scary and disturbing about this book is that the events in it could easily be taking place in the "real" world. It makes you really think about religious freedoms and whether they should be allowed or whether they should be policed. It is an extremely complicated topic and one that has many compelling arguments.
in my personal opinion I think the author has done a terrific job in showing his views on the topics and showing how dangerous it can be to put religious rights above the rights of an individual and especially above the rights of a child.
As the book goes on Chris continues his killing spree which to me looked a lot like justice.
We soon meet Josh a preacher’s son who was brought up to obey instantly. In fact, his father travelled around to various churches teaching other parents how to beat their children into submission and saying that it was God's will. This is obviously a sick and twisted take on a biblical quote, but poor Josh was beaten for even the smallest disobedience.
In the book Josh is now an adult and the lead singer of a heavy metal band called Rehoboam. His music is basically a cry for help and the pain in the songs comes from the abuse he received as a child at the hands of his father.
Chris was abused by his mother's boyfriend, who insidiously wormed his way into Chris's life with the express purpose of getting Chris to want him as a father. Once he achieved that goal, the abuse began and each episode was videotaped and sold to other sick minded, twisted, perverted people.
Chris's murder victims are all part of the child abuse ring that his hoped for Step Dad was a part of.
The book takes many twists and turns and skips between past and present as well as between the lives of Chris and Josh. What could easily be jumbled and confusing was instead a seamless and steady march toward the climax of the story.
The author has achieved what eludes so many other authors. He has written a compelling and gripping crime drama that also makes the reader think. This is such a rare commodity these days that I feel I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a great read and it will stay with me forever.I am very grateful that i got sent this book and was given the chance to review it i have been recommending it to all of my friends and i deinitely be watching for more books by M.Dolon Hickmon.