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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,730 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Werlin Narrator: Daniel Passer Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It all starts when Matthew observes a heroic scene in a convenience store: a man named Murdoch puts himself between an abusive father and his son. Matt is determined to get to know this man. And when, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt's mother, it seems as if life may become peaceful for the first time.

Matt and his sisters have never before known a moment of peace in a household ruled by their unpredictable, vicious mother. And so, after Murdoch inevitably breaks up with her and the short period of family calm is over, Matt sees that he needs to take action. He refuses to let his family remain at risk. Can he call upon his hero, Murdoch? And if not, what might his desperation lead him to do?

A thought-provoking exploration of self-reliance and the nature of evil, and a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in crisis, this is Nancy Werlin's most compulsively readable novel yet.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cammym | 2/16/2014

    " Written in the format of a letter from Matt, the older brother, to his younger sister Emmy, it is the story of how the two of them plus their other sister Callie survived the abuse of their manic, likely bi-polar mother. Though his aunt lives downstairs and his father sends monthly child support checks, they both have turned a blind eye to their situation. When Matt and Callie see a man stand up to a father who is manhandling his young son in a convenience store, Matt obsesses over the possibilities of having such a strong person in his life, one who could maybe save them from their plight. Eventually Murdoch does get involved, and even when he is tempted to run away, he chooses to help the kids despite the inconvenience and dangers involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joey | 2/5/2014

    " This book is written as a letter from an older brother to his younger sister, so it has a striking use of second person. It was so sad--a tragic story of child abuse mixed with hope of renewal! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 2/1/2014

    " YA novel about abusive mother. Well done, but can't really say you ought to read it. That might be a little harsh, but unless the back cover summary appeals to you, I think you can skip this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ernesto | 1/30/2014

    " This book was very exciting for me to read it constantly had me thinking what would happen next. This could very possibly happen in real life which is why I thought that it was a good read and would recommend it. "

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