A Child Is Torn: Innocence Lost

A Child Is Torn: Innocence Lost

by Dawn Kopman Whidden


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ISBN-13: 9781621830405
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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A Child is Torn: Innocence Lost 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
PeriKola More than 1 year ago
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. Boy 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.  BUY IT!!! It's only $12.95 and soooo worth twice that at least.  I am so glad it is out on paperback now  for my friends that don't do ebooks . GREAT JOB DAWN!!! Looking forward to your next book! I give this SIX STARS!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Are we a product of nature or nurture? Was Brad a product of abuse or that of an evil seed, born to kill? In A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost, by Dawn Kopman Whidden, Dr Hope Rubin is sent in to evaluate and treat a child who has just confessed to the brutal bludgeoning of his mother and father. The ten-year-old seems normal and calm while playing Super Mario, but he is covered with blood and Officer Marty Keal isn’t certain whether the boy is telling the truth about what happened or leading them on a wild goose chase. The boy’s father, Evan Madison, was a very dependable employee and his mother levelheaded as well. The investigators can find no shred of evidence to suggest that the child was ever mistreated, but something had to have set the boy off. Detective Jean Whitely makes it her mission to discover the facts. Is he telling the truth or covering up for someone? What is the truth about Brad? A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost is a hair-raising thriller that digs into the origins of the motivation for murder. Dawn Kopman Whidden has created a literary masterpiece that will send a chill down your spine every time you look at your child innocently playing a video game. Attempting to understand the evil that lurks about, driving even the cutest and most innocent toward brutal violence will have any reader scratching their head and looking over their shoulder. Suspenseful, thrilling, and masterfully developed; A Child is Torn; Innocence Lost will make the reader wonder if it is safe to go to bed at night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to go back and read it again, I went way too fast. So anxious to finish, I missed stuff along the way! DM Gallo
EllenQ More than 1 year ago
A Child Is Torn is a must read book. It is well written and keeps your interest from the beginning. The characters are so realistic that they could be your neighbors or friends. Although it is a murder mystery, it is not easy to figure out who did it, as there are a lot of red herrings. If you like Jodi Picoult and Alafair Burke, you will enjoy this book. There are similarities, but Whidden has her own unique style. Once you start reading it, you will not want to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
copy and pasted from another site. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Stunner-Don't Miss this Novel November 27, 2012 By Mallory Anne-Marie Haws Format:Kindle Edition I received an e-book copy from the author, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review. 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. From the Author The world is full of crazy people. Once upon a time, stories like the ones that Grimm Brother's wrote were just something that came from their imagination. Classic tales of stepmothers serving her new husband's children for dinner...( not for dinner, but THE DINNER) Crazy old ladies putting lost children in an oven.. Today the craziest and most inexcusable things happen to the most vulnerable, and it's reality not fantasy. I hope that my story never finds it's way into a local newspaper...but who knows. Anything can happen and it does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that flowed so you wanted to finish the book
LeilaDeMille More than 1 year ago
Absolutely intriguing plot! I could not put this book down. Do not start this book until you know you have a few free days.  My biggest mistake was starting it knowing I did not have much free time during the week. Big mistake on my end. I spent my time while driving not listening to music but thinking about the characters of this book but how it may end. I must have created in my mind at least 10 different endings of my own!  I am truly impressed for a first ever published author to create something this amazing the first time around. I truly can not wait for the next book Dawn Kopman Whidden has published. I highly recommend this if you want non stop, edge of your seat reading!
CindyKD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing all the way through, not knowing if the little boy killed his parents, and if so, why did he do it?!! I recommended this book to several of my friends so they bought it, too, and they all liked it as much as I did. If you like mysteries or suspense, this book is for you!
PROFESSORFREDDIE More than 1 year ago
Make room on your bookshelves for Dawn Whidden’s A Child is Torn. The child in this instance is a 10 year old undersized boy named Brad Madison. When Police officer Marty Keal entered the Madison home on a routine investigation he found Brad, completely caked in dried blood, methodically playing video games. A bloody baseball bat is nearby and a trail of blood leads from the boy to the master bedroom. A man and woman have been savagely beaten to death. Detectives Jean Whitley and Joe Moran are called in to solve the murder but are dumbfounded when Brad confesses that he alone killed his parents. Can he be telling the truth? Could such a small boy have the physical strength to commit such a vicious act? If so, why would he do it. Has he been the victim of molestation? Were drugs involved? Is he being threatened by the real killer? While the detectives seek answers Brad becomes the court ordered patient of Dr. Hope Rubin, a psychiatrist who specializes in abnormal child behavior. She has to determine if he can be rehabilitated or must be institutionalized for the remainder of his life. Through various twists and turns, Hope attempts to oust Brad’s demons while dealing with her own. When this fascinating case is solved the reader can only hope to meet this cast of characters in future, and regret that this page turner has ended. A splendid first novel.
frannie18 More than 1 year ago
An amazing book by a first time author. Dawn Kopman Whidden has written a can't put down -page turner-movie in your mind book. You not only want to know about "Brad" but all the other characters as well.. An incredibly well written and amazing unexpected twist at end.I would give it 10 stars!!!!! Cannot wait for her next piece of work. Do yourself a favor and get this book....you will be recommending this to others as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read that had all the elements of a suspenseful story. Touched on some thought-provoking and timely questions. Looking forward to future stories perhaps with further development of some of the same characters. Read it and you'll enjoy it.