Anna Quinn; THE NIGHT CHILD; Blackstone Publishing (Fiction: Thriller) 24.99 ISBN: 9781538434345
Byline: John M. Murray
The Night Child's gentle dealings with heavy subjects highlight the fragility of the human mind.
The Night Child is a powerful, heart-wrenching psychological tale that examines a teacher's mental breakdown.
Just as school breaks for Thanksgiving, a child-like apparition shocks high-school English teacher Nora Brown into a near stupor. The apparition appears once more to tell Nora to remember "the Valentine's dress."
Rattled to her core, Nora consults every doctor she can and finally winds up in a therapist's office. There, she discovers that the apparition is closely related to a childhood trauma, repressed so fully that it has fractured her psyche. Nora struggles to understand and recover before she drives her family away.
It should be noted that this book requires a massive trigger warning. Nora's story involves child abuse and sexual violence, both of which are described in graphic detail. However, the darkness and shocking revelations aren't used as attention grabbers. They highlight Nora's fragile condition and the lengths to which her mind went to protect her.