ISBN: 978-1604944662 (for paperback version)
Format: Kindle eBook
Age recommendation: 16+
Brutally attacked and left to die, Catherine Wilcox survived, but her life is left in tatters. Not only does she have the physical scars of the attack, she also suffers from the mental and emotional scars. As she recovers, she finds herself attracted to the emergency room doctor who had treated her when she was brought in after the attack. When she can’t overcome the mental and emotional scars from the attack, she becomes depressed. Sent to crisis counselor Madeline Jessops, things starts to get better for her. Soon, she and Madeline are good friends. And then, they discover that Madeline has a cancerous tumor in her brain.
A Soul Less Broken is a touching story of two women valiantly fighting the giants in their lives. It has a sad ending, but hope resonates well because even though one of them lost her battle, she fought it well. For me, that was the beauty of this story. It is not only about fighting all the giants, but it is also about fighting them well.
There are two major serious issues dealt with in this book – rape and cancer. The print version of this book is 178 pages long. At 178 pages, it is quite difficult to cram these two issues into the story and as I read, I felt that the story, especially the part that dealt with rape, was too hurried. If the author had focused on only one issue, the story would have been paced out better. It doesn’t help that there is romance, making the content of the story’s plot even “thicker”.
The storytelling in the book was generally smooth, but I wish that could be the same with the conversations. Many of the conversations did not sound natural. Many times, they were too formal. For conversations between friends, especially good friends, we tend to talk in a casual and “relax” manner. It would have been better if the tone of the conversations could have been more casual for certain parts in the book.
This is one of the few books I’ve read that manages to have romance in it, while making the characters almost seem celibate! Okay, it isn’t that bad, but I still thought that it was impressive how slow the romance went. Nevertheless, I was glad that there wasn’t much outright romance in the book. That would have distracted from the main points, which for me was the rape and cancer themes.
Helen Laibach majored in psychology in college, but decided that her aspirations to be a marriage, child and family counselor did not suit her. She began a family and started her career as an executive assistant. A Soul Less Broken is Helen’s debut novel. It was released in print on September 2010. 10% of the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to violence against women and brain cancer research and treatment charities. Its sequel, A Soul To Be Forgiven, will be released soon. Visit Helen’s website at www.helenlaibach.com.
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