Daddy Love

Daddy Love

Book - 2013
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Dinah Whitcomb seemingly has everything. A loving and successful husband, and a smart, precocious young son named Robbie. One day, their worlds are shattered when Dinah is attacked and Robbie is taken in a mall parking lot. Dinah, injured, attempts to follow, but is run over by the kidnapper's van, mangling her body nearly beyond repair.

The kidnapper, a part-time Preacher named Chester Cash, calls himself Daddy Love, as he has abducted, tortured, and raped several young boys into being his lover and as well as his 'son'. He confines Robbie in a device called an Wooden Maiden, in essence a small coffin, and renamed him 'Gideon'. Daddy Love slowly brainwashes 'Gideon' into believing that he is Daddy Love's real son, and any time the boy resists or rebels it is met with punishment beyond his wildest nightmares.

As Dinah recovers from her wounds, her world and her marriage struggle to exist every day. Though it seems hopeless, she keeps a flicker of hope alive that her son is still alive.

As Robbie grows older, he becomes more aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love truly is. Though as a small boy he as terrified of what might happen if he disobeyed Daddy Love, Robbie begins to realize that the longer he stays in the home of this demon, the greater chance he'll end up like Daddy Love's other 'sons' who were never heard from again. Somewhere within this tortured young boy lies a spark of rebellion...and soon he sees just what lengths he must go to in order to have any chance atsurvival.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802120991
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 22 cm


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May 10, 2016

What kind of ending was that??
What happened or was going to happen?
Did not like this unfinished novel at all.

May 27, 2014

I really had to force myself to make it to the end of this book.
It get a bit more bearable in the last chapters. I was ready for a hard read but this was pushing my limit.
Can't even say I'm glad I finished since the ending is rather sudden.

Aug 04, 2013

I am a big fan of Joyce Carol Oates and I think this book addressed an important social issue about abduction and brainwashing. However, I hated the ending. It was abrupt and confusing.

sablegirl Feb 13, 2013

I'm sorry I couldn't give this book negative stars! In my opinion, it was a very sick and depressing book. I skipped through most of the book to get to the ending which was not what I hoped it would be. I DO NOT recommend this book at all! I was very disappointed.


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