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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
At Daddy's Hands: Courage Knows No Age by Jacob Paul Patchen is a novel that is poignantly written and one that deftly handles the theme of child abuse in its different forms. While people hail Jim Handler as the hero of their town for solving a homicide, his family is plunged into a cycle of child abuse. The homicide detective puts his family through sexual, physical and psychological abuse. With the abuse growing more and more, the three teenage children know they can't rely on the weak justice system. It's up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the vicious cycle of abuse. Do they have the courage to continue their plan to the end?
A beautifully written story with powerful lessons. It is what can be termed protest literature. In this novel, Jacob Paul Patchen castigates the evil that millions of children suffer in silence, one that leaves some of them shattered and broken as they grow up. The book is written in prose that is beautiful and I enjoyed the author's ability to lay bare the emotions of the young characters, their pain, and desperate need to be free from the abusive hands of a father. The novel also castigates a legal system that is often lacking when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable. It is intense and written with suspense. I kept on reading, turning the pages, and wanting to know what happens next. The characters evolve through the story and I enjoyed how they developed from the role of victims to those taking responsibility to end an evil. A great read, indeed!