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Are we a product of nature or nurture? Was Brad a product of abuse or that of an evil seed, born to kill? In A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost, by Dawn Kopman Whidden, Dr Hope Rubin is sent in to evaluate and treat a child who has just confessed to the brutal bludgeoning of his mother and father. The ten-year-old seems normal and calm while playing Super Mario, but he is covered with blood and Officer Marty Keal isn’t certain whether the boy is telling the truth about what happened or leading them on a wild goose chase. The boy’s father, Evan Madison, was a very dependable employee and his mother levelheaded as well. The investigators can find no shred of evidence to suggest that the child was ever mistreated, but something had to have set the boy off. Detective Jean Whitely makes it her mission to discover the facts. Is he telling the truth or covering up for someone? What is the truth about Brad?
A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost is a hair-raising thriller that digs into the origins of the motivation for murder. Dawn Kopman Whidden has created a literary masterpiece that will send a chill down your spine every time you look at your child innocently playing a video game. Attempting to understand the evil that lurks about, driving even the cutest and most innocent toward brutal violence will have any reader scratching their head and looking over their shoulder. Suspenseful, thrilling, and masterfully developed; A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost will make the reader wonder if it is safe to go to bed at night.