Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter

Inspired by True Events

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
172 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter: Inspired by True Events is a work of fiction in the psychological thriller and interpersonal drama sub-genres and was penned by author Bette J. Hepler. A deeply emotive read with plenty of family drama and authentic narrative voice, this is the tale of a woman dealing with the sudden, tragic loss of her father, but also her developmental changes when she comes face to face with his killer. What results is a true-life style narrative that takes us deep into the protagonist’s mind and into a transformation one can only learn by being put through such terrible trauma.

Author Bette J. Hepler has crafted a fascinating psychological thriller that fans of the genre are sure to get into even from its very first pages. The story is one that draws you in owing to the strength of character of the protagonist, Alease. This concise and intense novel is layered with lots of different parts of life that Alease needs to juggle, all whilst trying to come to terms with the violent death of her father. The narrative skill of the author draws us in very close to present Alease’s many thoughts and feelings as she takes action against the killer, which really ramps up the tension but also gives the novel its grounding emotional sensitivity and solid sense of realism. Overall, I would highly recommend Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter as an accomplished thriller work for fans of the genre and those seeking true to life tales.

Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Book Review

Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter: Inspired by True Events by Bette Hepler is an emotional psychological
drama about seeking revenge - but finding healing. This is an amazing book!! It is concise and the characters are few which makes it easy to read and allows each character to be extremely well-developed. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of the story and the lessons it contains. Excellent read!!

In July 1984, Samuel Joseph Crouch loses his life in a horrific accident. Thirty years later, his daughter Alease still hopes to
avenge her father’s death. Like a cancer, the hatred she has for the careless driver who killed her father continues to spread in her. Alease’s childhood had been idyllic. Growing up in the 1950s in Washington, D.C., Alease
was surrounded by a community of people who cared about each other. Her parents were amazing people who empowered their children. To Alease, her father was a symbol of love and stability. Now a psychotherapist, Alease is bent on getting the revenge she has longed for. When she comes face to face with her father’s killer, she cannot wait to destroy him. The murderer, however, has his own set of plans and is out on a revenge mission as well.

In Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter, Bette Hepler covers the thoughts of the main characters in detail. The anguish that Alease
still feels is palpable. It is also clear that Leon Taylor, the antagonist in the novel, lives in a hell of his own that begins during his childhood. The relationship between Alease and her family, especially her relationship with her father, is well-developed. Alease remembers with nostalgia the powerful role he played, the memories they had as a family, and the wonderful influence
he had on her life. The conflict in the book is also well-designed. Both Alease and Leon engage in dangerous schemes where each hopes to destroy the other. The plot culminates into a compelling end that brings the whole story together.

Scarred Soul of a Grieving Daughter: Inspired by True Events by Bette is an amazing novel that contains a fascinating story line, important lessons, expressive narrative and extraordinary characters.