What Happened to Suzy


Non-Fiction - Biography
252 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2011
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Author Biography

Carol Denise Mitchell (1955- ) was born the sixth of sixteen children to Zebbie and Tasceaie Charles, in Los Angeles, California.

In 1977 the author moved to the Bay Area to launch an impressive thirty-year writing career. She wrote "What Happened to Suzy," winning praise for its' message of healing and hope.

Mitchell was featured in the Oakland Post July-August, 2009. In April, 2009 The Celebration of Women Writers recognized her impressive literary contributions and inducted her into the prestigious author database dating back to the 1600's.

Mitchell's Michael Jackson, The Love He Saved sold here and internationally. Buyers in Australia, Italy and worldwide have favored Mitchell's books that attract a growing spectrum of interested readers throughout the country and abroad.

On March 9, 2011 Ms. Mitchell attended the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon where she received a Certificate of appreciation commendation for her outstanding writing in "What Happened to Suzy." Mitchell was honored to attend the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce 100 years luncheon celebration.

Visit the authors website at http:www.whathappenedtosuzy.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

This is a fictional book based on actual facts; the names and locations are changed. This is a story of child abuse and how Suzy learned to forgive.

Suzy (Carol Denise Brown) was the 6th child out of 16 children. Her father seldom lived at the home. From the day she was born her mother seemed to hate her more than any of the other children. Their older brother was in charge of the kids when their mother was at work. He was very abusive at times, more so than their mother. Suzy was abused, not only by her family, but by her classmates as well.

But the story does not end there. What happened to Suzy? Despite the scars of physical, mental and emotional abuse, she healed; she excelled; she became strong. She is a beautiful person inside and out.

I am surprised Suzy survived. Where was child protective services? The teachers at school had to notice a bruised, battered, half starved child. One of the things that jumped out for me was how Suzy wanted to please her mother. Suzy just kept loving her mother.

I found tears running down my cheeks as I read this book. The author cleverly brings out the emotions of the reader. Suzy became real to me. I wanted to pick her up and take her out of that home from hell. This book is well written and well organized. But the part that stands out is the characterization. While this book is very sad and disturbing, it is also a book of hope, for we know what happened to Suzy: she found healing. She survived and tells her story to help others.