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Sometimes, truth can be more harrowing than fiction
9 July 2018
I was given a free ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Some say that truth can be stranger than fiction. This is definitely so in the case of this book, which deals with truths so harrowing, that they are far stranger and painful than fiction to read. The author writes very engagingly, and with added insights into the main characters in this book.
Sylvia and her sister Jenny Likens are left in the "care" of Gertrude Baniszewski, while their parents work the carnival circuit. The two girls are both normal, average, nice girls. However, it soon becomes obvious that Gertrude has taken a strong and psychotic dislike to Sylvia. Gertrude does everything in her power to ensure that Sylvia is mercilessly tortured, both physically and mentally. She seems to have an almost hypnotic power over her own children and the many neighbourhood children who frequently visit the dilapidated house; she actively encourages them to take part in hurting and humiliating Sylvia. When help does finally arrive, it is, alas, too late.
Reading this true account in such engaging and descriptive words broke my heart. It made me wish I had been an angel or a super hero back then; so that I could have rescued poor Sylvia and her sister Jenny.