They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied!
When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear he’s at the mercy of a madman.
Who can John talk to when no one wants to listen?
Who can he trust when all he knows is betrayal?
A Prayer for the Broken is the story of one child’s desperate fight to escape a sadistic killer who has complete control over him.
My heart went out to John who has not only lost his mother but is also removed from the foster home which he liked and placed into the care of Pastor Stone and his wife. As soon as his social worker leaves, you can tell that this isn’t going to be a happy placement for John. Pastor Stone takes the meaning of religion to a whole other level!
John is not the only boy who is staying there. There are two others of which he befriends one but the other, Timothy, has been wholly brainwashed by the pastor and is himself quite a nasty character. Even the Pastor’s wife, I had hoped may show the boys more compassion but she seems oblivious to it all and believes how her husband handles things is the correct way.
My hatred for Pastor Stone and Timothy especially, grew throughout the story. The more John sees and hears about his new home and the people within it, the more he wants to be miles away from it. I think this showcases how little sometimes young voices can go unheard. Sadly to often people in authority will believe adults over children so there is no wonder that many children do not speak out about the levels of abuse they are having to endure. Of which the mental abuse that John has to endure is horrendous.
A Prayer For The Broken was quite a tense read, my heart was in my mouth as I was reading it. Whilst not always a comfortable read, the author’s writing style makes sure it is a highly compelling one and it kept me turning those pages. The injustice of what John is going through especially, had my emotions raging. I felt sad, angry, just a whole array of emotions and I wish I could have reached in and protected the boys from what they were having to go through. A tense, sometimes disturbing story that will send your emotions off the scale!
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books. Now self-publishing, Mark has published The Last One To See Her and his most recent book, A Prayer For The Broken.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.