In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.
But his three teenage children have had enough. They have devised a plan for redemption.
Empowered by the legal system’s lack of accountability, a judge who offers a quiet and meager plea deal to save face, Jim feels enabled to do whatever he wants to his family. With no one to keep Jim in check, this cycle of sexual and physical abuse is rampant. It is up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the evil that is devouring the Handler family.
Targeted Age Group:: 13+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea for this book came to me while working at a behavioral and mental health residential facility for adjudicated youth, ages 13 to 17 years old. I saw, firsthand, the affects that sexual, physical, and mental abuse had on these children. I was moved and inspired by their tenacity and strength to push on, even after such horrors and trauma tore apart their young lives. I wanted to write a book in their honor, one that was not sugarcoated or watered down. This book has a purpose – and I want the reader to be so moved and disturbed that they're inspired to do something about this horrid social pandemic.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Inspired by true events. Each character was molded, with added flair, from a real-life person that I encountered during my time working with adjudicated youth.
Satisfied, Nikki bent to her hands and knees and crawled halfway under the desk, stretching out to grab the ball that had rolled between the back of the desk and the wall.
The slow, familiar thud of Jim’s heavy steps creaking down the hallway made her freeze.
What kind of day is he having? Is he in a good mood? A bad mood? Is he tired? I hope he’s tired. Her panicked thoughts tore at her fragile state of mind. She knew that she was in the wrong position if her father walked through the door. She tried to back out quickly but smacked her head on the edge of the desk. The sudden pain stopped her in her tracks.
Jim’s appearance in the doorway, arms crossed and leaning against the doorframe, cast a towering shadow that consumed Nikki’s body as she rubbed her aching head. Shit. She thought.
“What are you two lovely ladies doing?” He asked. His attention bringing a faint smile to Ally’s face as she searched his for recognition.
But Jim’s eyes were fixed on Nikki. Ally watched as he sucked in her adolescent form, his eyes growing softer as she struggled to exit that small space. Ally’s jealousy turned to disgust as she witnessed his eyes studying Nikki’s rear as she wiggled from the desk.
She squeezed out the frustration in her jaw and shook her head. She knew exactly what kind of night it was going to be.
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