My new shrink asks me, ‘What things do you remember about being very young?’
It’s like looking into a murky river, I say. Memories flash near the surface like fish coming up for flies. The past peeps out, startles me, and then is gone . . .
Amanda secludes herself in her bedroom, no longer willing to face the outside world. Gradually, she pieces together the story of her life: her brothers have had to abandon her, her mother scarcely talks to her, and the Wacky Man could return any day to burn the house down. Just like he promised. As her family disintegrates, Amanda hopes for a better future, a way out from the violence and fear that has consumed her childhood. But can she cling to her sanity, before insanity itself is her only means of escape?
The Wacky Man is quite a heart breaking and emotional read.
Amanda has serious issues with her mental health. She has seen numerous shrinks that make her go back and recall incidents in her life that have made her into the person she is at the tender age of fifteen.
I have to say my heart really went out to Amanda as well as her mum and brothers. Unfortunately the years of physical and mental abuse from the husband/father have taken it’s toll on all the family and has affected them all in different ways. I think the two boys found it the easiest to deal with and left home as soon as they could but for Amanda and her mum they have taken more of the brunt and are the worst affected.
All Amanda wants is a loving home and to feel the love of her parents. Unfortunately as her home life is very far from perfect she has her own way of dealing with things like hitting herself and pulling her hair out. As a parent I was appalled at the way Amanda’s father treated them all and was annoyed at Barbara, Amanda’s mother, for not standing up to him and letting things get so bad.
The beginning of the story really intrigued me though I have to admit I did lose my way a bit in the middle and struggled to see where the story was going but by the end I totally got it and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
The Wacky Man gives an insight in how a child tries to cope with years of being mistreat and living in a loveless home. Overall it is a powerful and hard hitting story that by the end proved to be an emotional read. It will certainly, as a parent, make you sit back and realise how your actions can have a huge impact on your child and make you want to give them an extra tight hug.
Many thanks to Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Wacky Man is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.