Dawn of Hope

Fiction - Inspirational
210 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2024
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Dawn Mortensen and her mother moved to Fair Shore, Connecticut, to close a painful chapter in their past and start a new life. Barely days into their arrival, Dawn has a bad experience involving the city's high school football team members. She initially dismisses it as a one-off incident, but, on further observation, she discovers that the idyllic community condones a distasteful culture of abuse. Determined not to become the latest victim of this horrible behavior, Dawn takes it upon herself to challenge the status quo. She is unaware that influential individuals in the town are uncomfortable with her activism and will stop at nothing to silence her in Peter Prichard's Dawn Of Hope.

Peter Prichard addresses a complex subject that many people avoid in Dawn of Hope, exposing the various types of abuse that people experience daily. Prichard captivates the reader with his powerful storytelling by emphasizing Dawn's terrifying backstory, which he gradually reveals as the action progresses. His portrayal of Fair Shore's academic environment is excellent, effectively distinguishing between the jocks and the nerds and emphasizing their differences through dialogue. Prichard doesn't just focus on Dawn's travails but realistically captures how her associates benefit from her misfortune. What I find most impressive is how the narrative shifts from third-person to first-person, giving the impression that there might be more to Prichard's story than he voluntarily discloses. References to the famous rock band Green Day's songs and other unique musical lyrics are thoughtfully inserted in the novel to contextualize Prichard's story further. I enjoyed reading this thought-provoking novel.