A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost” [NOOK Book]

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When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers ...
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A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost”

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When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two in unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, Which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are—NATURE or NURTURE?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014618625
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 474,178
  • File size: 174 KB

Meet the Author

Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college.
Twenty years ago, she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida.
She is retired and shares her life and love with her husband of fourteen years and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Gripping read!

    Strong characterization, intriguing set-up...greatly enoyed this (if one can "enjoy" this genre). Two factors kept it from being 5 stars: numerous typos and dropped words ( where were the editors on this ?) And the ending seemed waaay optimistic regarding likely outcomes for sociopathy. (Given that twist, what about Brad's uncle?) I do not see sociopathy as an "illness." Was this aspect thoroughly researched?
    Also, the children's detention home seemed very lovey-dovey. I have worked in such settings and usually the approach is more behaviorally based: objective language, earning points to gain privileges and so on.
    Despite these cincerns, I will look for more from the author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    Riveting!!!! This book commanded my attention from the first pa

    Riveting!!!! This book commanded my attention from the first page to the last...I could not put it down! An unexpected twist I never imagined.... The-who-done-it....the intertwined interaction of all the characters and romance. It was packed with everything you want in a novel! For a first time author, it seems Ms. Whidden captured what a reader really wants. I wish her a long career and anxiously await her second novel. This a book not to be missed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Read it in one day! Can't wait for more

    Read it in one day! Can't wait for more

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    From the first paragraph, Dawn Whitten's storytelling skills are

    From the first paragraph, Dawn Whitten's storytelling skills are apparent. This is a page turner from beginning to end. Highly recommended!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Review of A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost 5 Stars I don¿t very

    Review of A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost
    5 Stars

    I don’t very often use this phrase, but here it applies: this novel totally “blew me away.” I could not but read this in the space of a few hours, as I was not about to put the book aside unfinished. That ending! The author does give a clue or two, but believe me, the denouement is not telegraphed and so comes as an unexpected revelation, to the characters as well as to the reader. Yet-logically it all works out, and after four and a half decades of self-study of psychology and a baccalaureate degree in the subject, it makes perfect sense, and I appreciate the ways in which the author works out the plot; and her discussion of the Nature vs. Nurture debate.

    A young child, age ten, is found playing a video game in his living room; alone, except for his bludgeoned parents upstairs in their bedroom. He says, “I did it,” yet no one can believe it; the boy is small for his age, almost silent. How could he have? Well, read on and find out: did he or didn’t he? Why were the parents murdered? What really happened, and what is in the background of this family? Child abuse? A killer from outside the family? Be prepared for nearly continuous surprises in this very, very, rewarding novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Love love love this book!!!

    I read this book in a day! I couldn't stop. From the first chapter I had to know the answers. The characters are captivating, the storyline is spellbinding. I am a huge fan and cannot wait for the next one. Great job Dawn!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Must read

    Interesting story, great plot, worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I just started A Child is Torn by Dawn Kopman Whidden. Dawn cre

    I just started A Child is Torn by Dawn Kopman Whidden. Dawn creates a powerful story with believable characters. I was hooked from the first paragraph! It's a great book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    LOVED IT , GREAT MYSTERY, ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY

    LOVED IT , GREAT MYSTERY, ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Wonderful book which I recommend highly. I found that i did not

    Wonderful book which I recommend highly. I found that i did not want to put it down once I got started and it went too fast. Please write another book as wonderful as this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    I was expecting this to be a crime story, with detectives chasin

    I was expecting this to be a crime story, with detectives chasing leads and examining the findings of psychologists. And while there was some of that in the book, I found it mainly to be a book about people and relationships.


    There are some great characters in here, and to my surprise (and delight) there's even a love story. (I think romance in a book is never a bad thing) I especially liked the characters of Marty and the captain, and the relationship between the two.

    The only thing I wasn't fond of was how all the scenes were written in third person pov, except when it came to Hope's perspective. She was written using first person pov, and that kept throwing me off. I would have preferred the whole thing to be in third. But that didn't take away from the story in any way. I also found the ending to be a bit abrupt.

    Overall it a was an easy read with an interesting, yet tragic story and believable characters. I totally enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Dawn, I just finished A Child is Torn - Innocence Lost. It was a

    Dawn, I just finished A Child is Torn - Innocence Lost. It was a good read! The characters were thoroughly developed. As I came to know them and began to empathize with them - I found myself looking forward to see how their lives and loves would unfold. I'm excited to find out what happens to them next! A great book! Looking forward to Faceless!

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it because a frien

    This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it because a friend of mine wrote it and it was her first book. I am an avid reader and I thought, how good could a first time book be and how can a friend of mine write something good. Boys was I fooled. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. I tried to make it last til my vacation but I just couldn't. If you can read an ebook, BUY IT!!! It's only $5.99 and soooo worth twice that at least. Hopefully for my friends that don't do ebooks it will come out in a regular book. GREAT JOB DAWN!!! Looking forward to your next book! I give this SIX STARS!!!

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