In Our House

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This chilling true story of a successful family reveals the hidden reality behind appearances. Colin is a brilliant, handsome, and charming man to the outside world, recruited by both the CIA and IBM. With all his success, the perception was that he had it all. Instead, the reality was a hellish nightmare of verbal and atrocious physical abuse for Alley, his beautiful wife, and their six children. Alley feels helpless to protect her children from Colin's constant attacks. Then, three mysterious women visit her ...
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Overview

This chilling true story of a successful family reveals the hidden reality behind appearances. Colin is a brilliant, handsome, and charming man to the outside world, recruited by both the CIA and IBM. With all his success, the perception was that he had it all. Instead, the reality was a hellish nightmare of verbal and atrocious physical abuse for Alley, his beautiful wife, and their six children. Alley feels helpless to protect her children from Colin's constant attacks. Then, three mysterious women visit her and promise he will never hurt them again ¾ if she gives them what they want. For the sake of the children, she agrees. The women work their evil and Alley gains immense power against Colin, but finds herself demonically possessed. This horror-filled battle between Colin's insatiable appetite for abuse and Alley's demons will grip you and not let go.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982026809
  • Publisher: Seraph Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marala Scott gives vivid recollections of her horrific childhood. This memoir tells the story from her viewpoint as a child and provides the analytical perspectives as an adult. She believes that the pain we suffer as children will carry into our adult lives and the lives of our children, if we choose to let it. This book is written to expose another reality of life and provide answers to avoid it.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Truly a Rare Find!

    This book is a rare find and a must read. It is compelling because it tells a story with so much truth and emotion. It will hit home for everyone. It deals with the perception versus the reality of our lives which is something we all need to look at. It is topical with what's going on in the economy and society today. It's a sad story that's full of emotion.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    I was given "In Our House" as a gift from a friend while visiting Ohio for the holiday. It was one of the most appreciated gifts that I could have received.

    In Our House is a book that I have recommended to many of my friends, relatives, and co-workers. I am an avid book reader. I have not read a book that prococative, inspirational, and chilling in a very long time. In some of the chapters, you can feel, and visualize the scenario's. I was truly inspired by the courage,faith,strength,and the willpower of the writer and her siblings. I believe the story will encourage others to count their blessings and to never give up. It is also a lesson of forgiving, the family will never forget, however, in order to heal, you must forgive and move forward. The book should be a must read at homeless and domestic violence shelters.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    " In Our House" by Marala Scott

    I became aware of the book back in November from the book store owner that was hosting a book signing and discussion with Marala Scott. I supported the book signing and met the author. I was very impressed and excited about reading the book after leaving the discussion. I read the book in 4 days. The book was intriguing to me because it was based on a true story, I have never read anything like it before. It is a "conversation piece". I've purchased 9 books and shared them with my friends and family. They have all thanked me for giving them a great book.<BR/><BR/>"In Our House" would be great movie. We all should witness Perception vs. Reality. This book is on it's way to Oprah's Best Sellars list. <BR/><BR/>If you're looking to indulge in a great book...........read "In Our House". A Must Read!<BR/><BR/>Toni

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    In Our House

    You never know a person until you know their story. I have known Marala over a year now. I thought she was just another, all together, successful, gracious individual with a sterling background and probably charmed family life. What do they say about judging a book by its cover.... As I said to her recently I am amazed that you are standing here smiling talking about God's grace and not a bitter humanbeing.<BR/><BR/>Everyone who thinks they have problems let them raise their hands...<BR/><BR/>Keep telling your story Marala. As a Pastor friend of mine says "Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus"<BR/><BR/>Lou Baltimore

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

    Best Book I've Read in a Long Time

    WOW...that's the first word that comes to mind. I read this book in 2 days; I couldn't put it down! Marala Scott takes you, in incredible detail, through her life in this easy to read, yet chilling memoir. Her depiction of the events and descriptions of her emotions literally sent chills down my spine! Moreover, this book has powerful messages. You see the horror that is domestic and child abuse, which many of us can't imagine. She also sends an excellent message about the importance of having faith in God- if you don't believe now, you will! <BR/>I would definitely recommend purchasing this book for yourself and others!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2009

    "What A Page Turner"

    This book was absolutely amazing. I was already aware of how prevelant child abuse is in our society today, yet something MADE me pick this book up. It encompasses much more than I would have expected from reading the back cover of the book. The charactes in this book were incredibly strong as they were pushed beyond their breaking point their entire childhood. Alley in particular is my favorite character. Although she made a life altering choice, she did so to save her children. What an incredible story. I would love to see this as a movie. Kudos to the author for putting her pain and suffering into words so that it may help others, I know it helped me!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

    Great Read!

    This book was a remarkable read because I learned so much from it. I cried so many times because I never thought such young children could tolerate so much pain. I still do not understand how a father could damage his family like this, however, it is very common in our society today but no one sees the reality of it. Every day, children who are abused go to school and you would never suspect it unless they seek help. In Our House was very difficult to take in because the whole truth was revealed. I hope this book becomes a movie because it would be fantastic.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    In Our House is a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist

    I was pleased to find this book was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award due to the nature of the content and development of an inspirational memoir. This could have been a book that told a tale of abuse which is common in many households. Instead the authors took caution to warn the reader about the evils of outside forces that can affect ones life. The destructiveness that was displayed throughout the book was not left as the story. It connected several underlying plots or messages and revealed a story of triumph. Although it may not seem like it from one chapter to the next it is there. This book is inspirational in many, many ways. I recommend this as a book to share whether or not an abusive situation is present. It makes you aware of how not to be. The characters were very real and emotional. They brought life to this memoir in a way that is rare. I needed to know what was going to happen and each page kept answering questions along the way. There were hints and suggestive information that was shared to provide a deeper understanding as to what happened in their house. I read the book a second time and discovered more intersting clues. This is something that I'd like to see as a movie. I don't condone the choices that the mother made but it a strange way I understood it being a parent. This was a book that I'd call the kind you have to read. The award was well deserved because it kept me reading, interested and emotionally locked. I have so much to say but I'll stop here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    What truly goes on behind closed doors

    A gripping and inspirational read. I couldn't put this book down. Ever wonder what goes on at your neighbors house? Hopefully not what you'll read on these pages. This book will take you out of your comfort zone and into a home where domestic violence is an everyday occurence. The struggles of this family will touch you on so many levels. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    A Chilling Sense of Reality

    While reading, In Our House, I could not escape the sense of terror and anguish that Marala and her family went through. The moments relived in her writing were those that must be hard to not delete from one's mind. I could not believe the preciseness and which she depicted every beating and her family's daily routines. The way I as a reader could picture myself what she saw within the bedroom. Absolutely chilling to the bone to read such an open account of what many people in society consider taboo. I see this memoir as a useful tool in guiding those that have been lost, and lending others a hand to get back up after similar traumas. Marala Scott and Tre Parker did a fantastic job of giving light to darkness in this novel about faith, family, and strength. I give thanks to both of them for providing people with insight into this form of reality.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    This book is one for the Ages !!!

    Marala this book is Brilliant ...<BR/><BR/>I have had the pleasure of knowing you and your family for years and I must say it has been nothing short of a Blessing ...<BR/><BR/>It is so amazing how you have taken the reality of the horror story you knew in your childhood and made it the success story that you live today ...<BR/><BR/>This book gave so much detail and insight on situations that occured behind locked doors and closed blinds, I felt I was at times trapped within the walls ... I became the people I was reading about.<BR/><BR/>I was overwhelmed - I felt a strong connection ... I was shocked by the things I was reading ... Especially given that this Book portrayed a Family that was marked by its Accomplishemts and Success but was controlled by its Secrets and Doubts ...<BR/><BR/>This reminds me of ABC's New Show DIRTY, SEXY, MONEY ... You allowed us to view an aspect of a family that seemed to be living The American Dream BUT was actually a nightmare. This makes me wonder what else lies beneath America's Haves that the Have Nots don't know about ...<BR/><BR/>Your story is NOTHING short of INSPIRATIONAL ...<BR/><BR/>You are the definition of a rose blooming from beneath the concrete ...<BR/><BR/>(-: I can't wait for your next book, so please don't make me :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Different type of story for a change.

    This kind of a book I wouldn't know how to classify it. Inspirational, psychological, fascinating is what I'll leave it at. I read it through it being recommended to me in a matter of a few days. It was interesting enought that I wanted to hurry up and get to the plot and then conclsion. It was an emotional read. This was probable the most emotional book I've ever read. I have to say the images of the characters that were created were easy to envision. They popped out at you when they spoke. I had a hard time digesting the abuse because of the way it was described. I felt at times that it was happening to me and caught myself jolting back and forth. I loved little Stanley. He was the oldest of the children but the sweetest and most compassionate. To come up in a household with that much going on it was astonshing to see anyone have his degree of compassion and love for his brothers and especially sister Marala.This story was one of the saddest to read and it affected me emotionally every single chapter some way or another. The bible versus were inserted very carefully in places to make the most impact. THe story is appropriate for everyone. This is a phenemonal and rare story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    In Our House Delivers

    "In Our House" -the Memoir is a book that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The characters are so real you fear and hope with them at the same time. This book really makes you think what is going on in the homes around you. Puts awareness in you that the smiling faces you see, may really not be. Is a constant reminder to not just allow anyone into your house, into your mind or around loved ones. <BR/>I really felt for the characters because so many people can relate to the feelings of helplessness and just doing to survive, but this book is a great reminder that someone always has it worse than you and in times of struggle, prayer will see you thru. <BR/>I highly recommend this book to any and everyone. I encourage you to read with an open mind and take time out to really absorb the many messages in this book. I praise the author for having the courage to tell her story, it has the potential to not only spread awareness but to change lives!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

    This book is AMAZING!

    I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It is extremely touching and inspirational! This book helped guide me through my life and touched my heart in many ways. Once you get started, it is almost impossible to put down. While reading, I was on an emotional roller coaster because I laughed, cried, and I was furious. Please get this book and read it. This will be the most memorable true story you will ever read. Then...pass it on to someone else who needs it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    This book should be a movie!

    This book was brutal, hellish, and immensely frustrating - but it was also brilliant and inspirational. Ms. Scott treats the abuse sequences with a no-holds-barred gritty realism, but comes to a rather surprising conclusion, which is a welcome relief from typical domestic violence narratives. Even more compelling, this book is a true story, written about the author's childhood.

    The plot centers around a single family, and most of the action takes place "in their house" in Cleveland, Ohio. Colin, the father, is incredibly successful, especially for a black man in the nineteen sixties and seventies. He is smart, charming, professional; he is recruited by the CIA and IBM (he ultimately goes with IBM). Most people assume that he - and his beautiful wife and six children - are living the ideal life. Nevertheless, this is not the case. Behind closed doors, he is an absolute, utter monster, mercilessly torturing his family with an almost calculated regularity.

    Marala, the author of this memoir, endures this barbaric violence throughout the book, but more often, the focus is on her mother, Alley. Colin's abuse drives Alley to some pretty desperate measures, especially as she tries to protect her children from her monstrous husband. The conflict between Marala's parents gets extraordinarily intense. Alley is eventually institutionalized and dies as a result.

    The story continues right up until Marala is "freed" (that is, goes off to college), and gives a few details about the afterword (but not enough details!). In perhaps the most shocking twist in a book full of shocking twists, Marala finds the strength in her belief in God to forgive her father, fully, despite his refusal to repent. This section of the book is done with much care and obvious genuine feeling, bringing the narrative to an uplifting, if sorrowful, close.

    I'd highly recommend it as a read for anybody looking into domestic violence issues, the psychology of abusers, religious issues, forgiveness, or if you just plain want to read an emotionally powerful story. It's got "Hollywood" written all over it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    captivating, chilling, and cold hard truth

    When I first saw that this book was coming out, I read the description and was intrigued right away. Marala's memoir is a bone chilling story of abuse and survival that would make anyone rethink the complaints they make on a daily basis. Marala describes the horrific details of her childhood in such vivid language that you feel like you are experiencing everything just as she did. This book brought forth a lot of emotion in me while I was reading it. Several times I found myself crying as I watched the physical, mental and emotional abuse that she, her mother and siblings all suffered through. After reading the book and seeing what an amazing woman she has become today was so inspiring. It also reinforces how important it is to put your trust in God, and with his help the amazing things you can accomplish. This book is perfect for anyone whether or not you have experienced abuse or whether you know someone that has. It is an eye opening tale and I think that this book can truly help anyone, especially people that experience anything remotely close to what she has. I am an avid reader and this book will always stand out in my mind. But just a warning, once you start reading it you will NOT be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Very Powerful

    This story makes you wonder what is really happening in people's private lives. People judge what they see on the exterior and stop there. They don't take into consideration the reality of what goes on behind the scenes until something goes wrong. It has a great message and should be shared. I have had many friends read this book and they've all said the same thing...just how powerful and intense it is.

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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