This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Untold" is the story of Coral Berringer, who lives in a Newport, Rhode Island, mansion that has been allowed to moulder and decay by her terrifying and abusive mother. Coral's body is burned and scarred by her mother's discipline, especially the scalding hot baths where her skin is rubbed raw, and she dares not even cry for fear of more punishment. Margret, Coral's mother, is tall with long black hair that is always tied up tightly in a bun, and she seems a lot more like a wicked step-mother than a mother. When Coral dares once to ask Margret why she hates her so much, Margret screams at her, "because you were born," and proceeds to physically abuse her for her presumption in asking. Coral goes to school that day bruised and bleeding, knowing the other kids would think of her as the weird kid from the haunted house. Only Rose, Gretchen and Rollins, the remaining household servants, are there to give Coral the love and companionship she needs so desperately.
Tamara Helene Arrington's Gothic horror story had me entranced from the very first paragraph. Coral narrates the story, and her delivery is stark and compelling. My spirits soared with hers when she finds a friend and plays hooky one day, dancing on the beach she could only see from her window, and descended into the depths of despair when she was being brutalized by Margret. Ocean Point, the massive, ruined house where she lives, almost seems to come alive as a brooding and malignant force, overshadowing Coral's existence and seeming to want to swallow her alive. I'll be looking for more of 'The Berringer Family Novels'. If the rest of them are anywhere near as good as "Untold" is, I'll be very happy indeed. This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it.