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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Unveiling the Scars: Book Four of the Mallox Series by Lisa Burkett is a compelling, character-driven novel about conquering trauma and finding personal freedom. Rowan McCallister runs from an abusive boyfriend and seeks safety in her hometown of Parkfield, Maine. She had to abandon good friends and a successful non-profit service dog venture in Richmond, Virginia, and finds herself in over her head. Logan Delante is her friend from childhood, now in law enforcement, and when he volunteers to help her out, she finds herself turning to him for comfort and stability. She knows she can't tell Logan about her ex-boyfriend Justin, since it would prompt an arrest. She'd rather just forget it and move on. She makes new friends who become her support system, but her romance is clouded by her unresolved scars, inside and out. Just as she begins to reclaim herself, an unexpected twist occurs, and she now comes face to face with her greatest challenge. Will she be strong enough to break the chains of trauma that imprison her?
Burkett hands us a well-written, intimate drama with lifelike characters and a plot that centers on the legacy of domestic and sexual abuse. Readers who have experienced trauma will connect with the characters and see themselves in Rowan and her struggles. Sometimes we can learn a lot from a work of fiction, and this is one of those works. This is the fourth in a series that focuses on healing, with a fifth one to come, and it's a good thing when you can be informed and entertained at the same time. Being a former social worker, I can definitely see that this author uses her gift of writing as a way to help others. The novel itself is immediately engaging, full of detailed descriptions that bring realism to the story, and has a few plot twists that you don't see coming. The dialogue is realistic, and the pace is steady. Rowan has to dig deep in order to get better. If you like human dramas that inspire and promote healing from trauma, you will become an instant fan of Unveiling the Scars: Book Four of the Mallox Series by Lisa Burkett.