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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
The first words I read in Blood Relatives by Patti L. Adams were on the dedication page. It said: “To all my enemies…you know who you are. And so do I.” I knew right then that this book would be good. The story follows the life of a very intelligent little girl named Anna Fay Kelly from the ages of five to eleven. At the age of five, Anna witnesses her mother kill her father. When her mother is not convicted, Anna is stuck living with her abusive mother and her beloved elderly aunt. Just when Anna thinks things could not get any worse, her mother marries a man that is just as evil as she is.
Blood Relatives is not a light read. This is a good story and it is meant for the reader to take their time reading it so they can fully understand what Anna is going through. I liked that Adams started the story off in a courtroom. This added to the seriousness of the story and was the beginning of Anna’s traumatic childhood. This is where the reader meets Anna and learns that she is not your normal 5-year-old little girl. I also liked that Adams explained Anna’s way of thinking. A child sees things and understands them differently from an adult. I absolutely hated the character of Anna’s mother, Flo. I hate it even more that she reminds me of some mothers I have met. The ending of the story was a surprise for me, but I thought it was perfect. The things that Anna endured in those six years were truly heartbreaking. This book may be fiction but the actual story has happened to many people. If you like to read drama then I highly recommend this book. An awesome story!