My Sore Hush-a-Bye

My Sore Hush-a-Bye

by Renata F. Barcelos

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BN ID: 2940045035910
Publisher: Renata F. Barcelos
Publication date: 10/14/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,040,803
File size: 484 KB

About the Author

Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her beautiful and creative daughter and teaches English and Spanish as Second Languages.She watches way too much TV and reads perhaps too many (almost exclusively) mystery novels. Nonetheless, she has somehow convinced herself it's all work - research for her own stories.She writes for as long as she can remember, and has two published works: 'Mean: a Psychological Thriller Novelette' and 'My Sore Hush-a-Bye'.She's now working on a novel called 'Myself in Blue'

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My Sore Hush-a-Bye 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grateful_Dad More than 1 year ago
I won't lie.  This was a tough one for me to read.  Don't get me wrong; MY SORE HUSH-A-BYE is a brilliant novel and ranks as another powerful psychological masterpiece from author Renata F. Barcelos (author of MEAN).  What made this book so difficult is how incredibly well-written it is.  Barcelos constructs riveting first-person narratives that are impossible to put down no matter how uncomfortable the content becomes.  I hate giving away plot points in a review, but readers should be warned; this novel concerns the 8-year captivity of a child abducted by a sexual predator.  Yet, Barcelos handles this scenario with eloquence and grace, masterfully building moments that will make you squirm while tastefully leaving any gory details to the reader's imagination.  MY SORE HUSH-A-BYE creates a sort of Stockholm syndrome situation.  The predator has been quite skillful in subjugating his prey and Barcelos takes us into the mind of his young victim, one of the most real characters I've read in recent independent literature, to show us the conflicting thoughts and emotions born of 8 years with an abuser who claims to be a protector. I really don't want to give away any more.  You'll just have to read it yourself to understand.  And read it you should.  Barcelos has again proven herself a master at capturing the voice of the haunted, the wounded, the troubled.  And, as the hope of the human spirit triumphs over despair, we feel every nuance precisely thanks to Barcelos' skill with both the English language and the human heart.  This is powerful stuff.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite "My Sore Hush-a-Bye" by Renata F. Barcelos is the story of Camille, a teenager going to school for the first time in her life. She has lived with Uncle Bob since she was seven years old. She has come to depend on him and knows no other way of life. He showed her a note from her mother telling her to stay with Uncle Bob. Now, eight years later, she is attending school for the first time. At this point he is no longer interested in: she has grown up and is too old for his taste. This book is difficult to summarize without giving away too much. Camille is the narrator, giving the reader a unique point of view. We are able to see the events through the eyes of the victim. "My Sore Hush-a-Bye" is disturbing; the subject matter is dark and perverse. Renata F. Barcelos is an amazingly talented writer; her style is simple and yet has depth. She drew me into this tale and had me eagerly turning the pages. This is not a long story and I easily read it in one sitting but it stayed with me for weeks. I was so wrapped up in this tale that I was afraid for Camille; I was afraid he would kill her. I was amazed that Uncle Bob was so brazen and oh, so sick. I wonder if this book was based on fact. The plot reminded me of the book "The Room." This tale should be a warning to parents and all guardians.