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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In June of 1968, one little girl's world would come crashing down around her. When Cousia heard the five fatal shots that killed her beloved mother, it would be years later that she would discover her father was the perpetrator. Cousia would spend the rest of her childhood with no safe place to call home and no warmth or guidance. Even when she was abused both physically, mentally and sexually by the man who killed her mother, Cousia was failed by the authorities and family members meant to protect her. Cousia's normal would be brutality and cruelty. Follow Cousia's battle to find the strength to end the cycle of abuse and violence which follows her into adulthood. Exposed by Cousia Towns is an inspirational story of bravery and the resilience of one woman against all odds.
Exposed by Cousia Towns is a book you will read from cover to cover in one sitting. The descriptive narrative throughout of such abuse and disturbing events will send shivers down your spine. From the first chapter, this book had me hooked. The character of Tim is truly vile on every level. The description of him watching her mother and leaving cigarette butts as a form of psychological torture was very powerful. There are some quite distressing scenes throughout but absolutely vital to portray the brutality of Cousia's life. Although Cousia was betrayed by everyone she came into contact with, she still managed to find the strength to continue. I loved her description of her personality as 'Ghetto fabulous'. The pictures and documents throughout the book were a brilliant addition. She is truly a remarkable lady whose emergence from the darkness of abuse and violence will inspire anyone to achieve any goal they set their mind to. The final chapter where we discover how Cousia is giving back to society is poignant and will truly take your breath away.